For the first time since 2007, Iowa State is 0-2 to start a season.
Thursday night, the Cyclones will look to pick up its first win on the road against Tulsa.
Last year, Iowa State and Golden Hurricane split, with ISU winning their season opener, before falling to Tulsa in the Liberty Bowl.
Heading into the third matchup, revenge isn't something head coach Paul Rhoads is preaching to his team.
"It's not something you have to play off of. It's not like I'm pounding the whistle at the end of practice saying we owe these guys one," Rhoads said. "I'm sure the Tulsa players took care of that in preparation for the bowl game in anticipation of that rematch. I would expect the same is true for our guys at the training table, in the locker room and so forth, in getting back to play them a third time."
Despite being winless, the Cyclones aren't ready to hit the panic button, yet.
Late rallies weren't enough in their first two games, as they lost to instate rivals Northern Iowa and Iowa.
The Cyclones are averaging 20 points per game while opponents are scoring 27 - it's not a recipe for success.
The team says it boils down to execution.
"If you were to tell me going into the season that we would start 0-2 with the young team that we have, I would have been like, oh jeez, are we going to win a game all year?", senior receiver Justin Coleman said "I do see we have a lot of confidence, and I know how much potential we have. We just have to show up on the field."
"I was just looking at the Big 12, and it's wide open," senior linebacker Jeremiah George added. "Our biggest thing this year was finishing in the top half because if you're finishing in the top half, it means you're doing something right. It means your putting yourself in a position to go to a good bowl game. We're 0-2 right now. We can easily get this thing rolling again and put ourselves in a position to finish strong."
The Cyclones and Navy are the only two squads to have only played just two games this season.
Iowa State and Tulsa kick off at 6:30 Thursday night.
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