Entering his sixth season as head coach of the Iowa State Cyclones, Paul Rhoads will have his most experienced roster since 2009, which also happens to be their last winning season.
Turning in a losing record for the fourth straight year, the Cyclones missed out on a bowl appearance posting a 3-win season with just two of those coming in conference play.
Last season, Texas Tech defeated ISU, 42-35, becoming the first team in 25 games to score more than 40 points against the cyclones.
Mark Mangino makes his return to the Big 12 Conference as the offensive coordinator. With 10 returning starters he’ll have a nice collection of weapons at running back, tight end and receiver, with guys like Aaron Wimberly, EJ Bibbs and Quenton Bundrage leading the way.
There are questions that surround the defense, however. With just five returning starters, the Cyclones have to replace three guys on the line while they lose All-Big 12 1st-Teamer Jeremiah George at linebacker. Combine that with an inexperienced secondary and you’ve got a recipe for disaster with the offensive powerhouses of the Big 12.
The Red Raiders will go on the road this year, visiting Jack Trice Stadium on November 22nd.
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