No. 2: Kansas football at Iowa State Cyclones: Week 5 in Ames, Iowa
The Iowa State Cyclones have really developed a name for themselves when it comes to football and, with the talks of conference realignment, an ascendant football program could help Iowa State find a new home.
There have been rumors of the Big 10.
With the football program bringing in good talent along with competing could bode well for Iowa State. It would be interesting to see the rivalry of Iowa and Iowa State have that much more meaning if they could end up in the same conference together.
In last year’s pandemic-disrupted season, the Cyclones were able to play in 11 games. They ranked 3rd in the Big 12 in offense totaling 4,295 yards averaging 441 per game. The offense is almost 50/50 when it comes to passing and rushing.
Iowa State threw for 2,740 yards averaging 249 yards and rushing for a total of 2,112 yards averaging 163 yards per game. A statistic that stands out is the amount of points they averaged per game, which was 33.
With these numbers on offense you can see why another conference would be interested. The defense for Iowa State was another staple for this team allowing only 21 points per game.
Brock Purdy will be returning at the quarterback position for his senior season, and so will his long list of accolades. Purdy is on a lot of watchlist going into the year, and it speaks to the type of competitor he is. Another major contributor on this offense is running back Breece Hall. In 2020, Hall was a 1st team All-American.
This game is going to be very tough for the Kansas Jayhawks. This game is on the road in Ames, Iowa which is a tough place to play. This game comes in at #2 on the list.
If the Kansas Jayhawks were able to pull off not only a win against Iowa State, but also a win in Ames, it would be a huge step in the right direction for this coaching staff and the players.
This would be a big boost for not only the players and coaches, but also the fans, alumni, and donors.