AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State football team will enter a season ranked in the Associated Press’ preseason football poll for the first time in 41 years.
The Cyclones are rated No. 21 in the debut AP poll of 2019, joining two other Big 12 teams: Oklahoma (No. 4), Texas (No. 10).
Iowa State was ranked No. 20 in the first AP poll of 1978. The Cyclones finished that season with an 8-4 overall record and were ranked No. 19 nationally heading into the Bowl Season.
With back-to-back eight-wins seasons, the Cyclones have been no strangers to the national rankings the last two years. ISU was ranked in the final five regular season weekly AP polls of 2018 and were ranked three weeks in 2017, peaking at No. 14.
Iowa State has also appeared in the College Football Playoff rankings in each of the last two seasons. ISU appeared in all six CFP polls of 2018 and has been ranked in eight of the 12 polls the last two years, the second-highest total in the Big 12 Conference.
Iowa State will kickoff the 2019 season playing host to UNI on Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. CT.