Iowa State in Coaches' poll for first time in 10 years
By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
Josh Lenz had three receiving touchdowns and threw for another in ISU's win over TCU.
Iowa State may not be ranked in the AP Top 25 poll, but for the first time 10 years, the Cyclones cracked the Coaches' poll and are in at 25 this week.
Fresh off upsetting then 15th ranked TCU and ending the nations longest winning streak, ISU is continuing preparation for 6th ranked Kansas State.
Saturday will mark the 96th all-time meeting between the Cyclones and Wildcats.
K-State has won four straight over the Cyclones.
Despite losing the last four, Iowa State has been in it to the end. The margin of victory for the Wildcats is about six points per game.
To say confidence is high in Ames is an understatement. The Cyclones are 4-1 for the first time since the 2002 season.
"You know I think it shows how much we've progressed over the years," quarterback Jared Barnett said. "Our team is playing great and I feel like we deserve to be in one of the top 25 polls."
"You know this is always the goal to try and turn things around and get this program headed in the right direction and I think that's what we're doing," senior Josh Lenz added. "A lot of us seniors, this is our last year and I know we have a special team and we're trying to take advantage of that."
Barnett has been named the starter following his three touchdown performance. Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 11 a.m. and can be seen on FX.
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