Iowa State ranked No. 18 in AP poll


The Iowa State football team stands on the field watching fireworks after winning against the Baylor Bears on Nov. 10 at Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones beat the Bears 28-14.

Aaron Marner

Following Iowa State’s fifth-straight win, the Cyclones found themselves in the AP Top 25 poll again on Sunday.

Iowa State was ranked 23rd in the AP poll last Sunday after defeating Kansas. The win over Baylor moved the Cyclones up to No. 18.

Around the Big 12, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Texas also found themselves in the poll.

Looking ahead

At 6-3, Iowa State is now bowl-eligible. Jack Trice Stadium hosted a representative from the Alamo Bowl on Saturday. The Alamo Bowl, hosted in San Antonio, Texas, features the second-place Pac-12 team and the second-place Big 12 team.

Current projections, according to the Alamo Bowl media information, have Texas playing in the Alamo Bowl. Iowa State could play into that range with a strong finish.

If Iowa State wins its final two Big 12 games (at Texas on Nov. 17 and against Kansas State on Nov. 24) the Cyclones will place third, at worst, in the league. If the Cyclones win both and West Virginia loses at least one game, the Cyclones would then jump into second place and play in the Big 12 Championship game.

If Iowa State loses one game, it would need help from teams to beat Texas one more time. West Virginia would also have to lose both of its final games.