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Iowa State cracks AP top-25 football ranking

AMES, Iowa – The Associated Press Top-25 football poll was released today and Iowa State is among the top-25.

Iowa State is ranked No. 25 in the week 9 poll, marking the first time the Cyclones have appeared in the top-25 rankings since 2005.

Iowa State, 5-2 overall and 3-1 in Big 12 play for the first time since 2002, won its third-straight league game on Saturday in a 31-13 win at Texas Tech. It was ISU’s fourth-straight road victory dating back to last season, the longest road streak since 1970-71.

Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell has jumpstarted the Cyclone turnaround with a potent offense and a stingy defense.

The Cyclones are averaging 35.0 points per game, tallying 31 or more points in six of seven contests. The school record for average points per game is 33.5 held by the 1976 squad.

The ISU defense has been outstanding, tying for first in the Big 12 (league games only) in scoring defense (15.2) and ranking second in total defense (316.8). ISU has held all four Big 12 opponents to at least 10 points below their season average and allowed only 17 points in the second half in Big 12 play.

Iowa State’s first opponent as a member of the top-25 will be tough, as the Cyclones play host to No. 4 TCU (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) Saturday on Homecoming in Jack Trice Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. on ABC/ESPN2.

It will be the first game featuring two ranked teams in Jack Trice Stadium since 2002 (No. 19 Iowa State vs. No. 20 Nebraska).

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