The Iowa State Cyclones play college men’s football as a member of the Big 12 Conference. In recent seasons, this squad has not played well. As any fan of the team would admit, there is room for improvement.
This team, under seventh-year Head Coach Paul Rhoads, managed a poor Won-Loss record of 2-10 in 2014. Worse yet, the Cyclones lost nine games against Conference opponents without a single win. Clearly, when it comes to this team, things have to get better because they can’t get worse.
The new college football year actually got off to a decent start for the Cyclones. They won their season-and-home opener against Northern Iowa by a score of 31-7. That game was played on Saturday, September 5th. The following Saturday, September 12th, featured another home game for the Cyclones, this time against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The visitors took the measure of the home team by a score of 31-17.
Although the game against Iowa University produced a loss, the Cyclones and their fans were optimistic about how well they performed and because the final score was relatively close. The game was not a blowout for the visitors. Iowa State University finally “hit the road” this past Saturday, September 19th. In a game played against the University of Toledo, the visitors lost in double overtime by a score of 30-23.
There are four remaining home games on this team’s schedule. The next game will be played against the Kansas Jayhawks on October 3rd. That will be followed by a visit on October 17th by 3rd ranked Texas Christian University (TCU), the Texas Longhorns on October 31st and the 24th ranked Cowboys of Oklahoma State University on November 14th.
Five remaining road games could spell trouble for the Cyclones. They have to visit and play Texas Tech University on October 10th, the fifth ranked Baylor Bears on October 24th, the fifteenth-ranked Sooners of Oklahoma University on November 7th, Kansas State University on November 21st and West Virginia University on November 28th.
The number of difficult games facing this squad could easily lead to another season where it loses far more games than it wins. However, this team has already won as many games as it did all of last year. That number is, of course, one.
For a team that has endured several bad seasons in succession, its 1-1 record after just two games is cause for hope and optimism. There may not be a bowl game in the immediate future, but if the Cyclones win more than one game they will be able to call the 2015 Season a success.
The odds are good that Iowa State University will at least double its win total from a year ago.
Courtesy of Iowa State Daily