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The Iowa State Cyclones aren’t a traditional power in the Big 12 but there are high expectations heading into the 2019 season. While this team may not have the ceiling of a juggernaut like Oklahoma, there is a lot to like about coach Matt Cambell’s squad. Iowa State went 8-5 a year ago and fared well in the Big 12. The Cyclones lost some key players to the NFL but have a promising quarterback returning, which has the team excited about its potential.
2019 Iowa State Cyclones at a Glance
Cyclones National Championship Odds: 100/1
Cyclones Odds To Win Big 12: +1200
Cyclones Regular Season Win Total: 8
There is no question the defections of star running back David Montgomery and prolific receiver Hakeem Butler will force Iowa State’s offense to recalibrate. Both players are impressive talents and were easy weapons to find when the offense was in a pinch. Even though they are gone, Iowa State is confident it can keep things rolling due to the return of standout quarterback Brock Purdy.
Purdy looked really good as a true freshman, throwing for 2,250 yards with 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Cyclones were 1-3 in the early portion of their season but once Purdy took over they won seven of nine games down the stretch. He should be even better as a sophomore and it’s why the offense is not expected to skip a beat. Tariq Milton and Deshaunte Jones are two of the wideouts expected to take a step forward, while the running back situation could be more by committee. The offensive line is getting all five of its starters back and the team is hoping that will be a strength.
The defense gave up 22.9 points per game a year ago, which is solid overall and downright fantastic in the high-flying Big 12. JaQuan Bailey and Ray Lima are a pair of standout defensive line players who should help fortify the trenches. Linebacker Mike Rose is a really talented player, but Iowa State does have some question marks in the secondary and will need to get those ironed out against the great passing games in its conference.
The Cyclones must find a way to replace two huge producers in Montgomery and Butler, but if Purdy can pick up where he left off in 2018, this team could push for double-digit victories.
2019 Iowa State Cyclones Betting Schedule
||Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa
||Saturday, August 31
||Iowa State vs. Iowa
||Saturday, September 14
||Iowa State vs. Louisiana-Monroe
||Saturday, September 21
||Iowa State at Baylor
||Saturday, September 28
||Iowa State vs. TCU
||Saturday, October 5
||Iowa State at West Virginia
||Saturday, October 12
||Iowa State at Texas Tech
||Saturday, October 19
||Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State
||Saturday, October 26
||Iowa State at Oklahoma
||Saturday, November 9
||Iowa State vs. Texas
||Saturday, November 16
||Iowa State vs. Kansas
||Saturday, November 23
||Iowa State at Kansas State
||Saturday, November 30
The football program at Iowa State has climbed the ladder. The school joined the Big 6 Conference in 1908 and has been represented during expansion in the Big 7, Big 8 and finally the Big 12, which came into existence when the Big 8 and Southwest Conferences were dissolved in the mid 1990s.
Despite the lengthy stay in the conference, the Cyclones haven’t enjoyed much success on the gridiron. Their only two conference championships came as members of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association which was before the formation of the Big 6. ISU also tied for the Big 12 North title in 2004 but went just 4-4 in conference play and 7-5 overall that year.
Iowa State never had a season with more than seven wins until 1971 when the Cyclones went 8-4 under coach Johnny Majors and appeared in their first bowl game, losing to LSU in the Sun Bowl. Coming off a five-win season the year before, ISU was picked to finish last in the Big 8 but overcame the odds. The win total that season remained a school record until 2000 when the Cyclones went 9-4 and won their first bowl, beating Pitt in the Insight.com Bowl to finish the season ranked 25th in the AP poll, just the second time ISU was ranked at season’s end.
Campbell has done a really nice job of resurrecting the program and it is clearly on a positive trajectory. The Cyclones will aim to keep it rolling this season.
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