Iowa State ranked No. 23 in AP poll


Brock Purdy, Kyle Kempt and Mike Rose celebrate after winning the 2018 Homecoming game against Texas Tech on Oct. 27, 2018. The Cyclones won 40-31.

Aaron Marner

Following a 27-3 beatdown of Kansas on Saturday, Iowa State jumped into the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time in 2018. The Cyclones debuted at No. 23 this week.

The Cyclones were not ranked last week, but instead received 42 votes, good enough for 31st if the poll extended that far. On Tuesday, Iowa State was slotted at No. 24 by the College Football Playoff committee, marking the second-consecutive year Iowa State made the first Playoff poll of the season.

Iowa State (5-3, 4-2 Big 12) plays Saturday against Baylor (5-4, 3-3 Big 12) at 2:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

With a strong finish and some luck throughout the rest of the conference, Iowa State could still make the Big 12 Championship Game. Iowa State would likely need to win out and would then need West Virginia to lose one more game.