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Iowa State Cyclones Football

The Iowa State Cyclones are a collegiate football team that play in the NCAA Division-I Big 12 Conference North Division. The ISU Cyclones started playing college football in 1892 and have been a huge presence in Iowa sports ever since. The team got its unique name after a reporter for the Chicago Tribune wrote an article and compared the then Iowa State Cardinals to a Cyclone (or current day tornado) writing that the opposing team would have had as much luck if they had faced off against the natural disaster. The name became even more fitting in 2005 when the University of Colorado was in Ames to play the Cyclones and the game went on a weather delay due to a tornado. Colorado Buffaloes Head Coach Gary Barnett was quoted as saying, "I thought we had a pretty good mascot. But when we showed up at Iowa State and they had a real tornado, that's the real deal."

Iowa Rivalry

The Iowa State Cyclones like all football teams that have been playing for a long time have gone through ups and downs as a team. They can claim 3 conference titles including the 2004 Big 12 Championship title and boast 32 All-Americans, proof that they must do something right. In the recent past they have made multiple post-season bowl appearances including the 2004 Independence Bowl and the 2005 Houston Bowl. For Cyclone fans, even more important than winning postseason bowl games is wining the Cy-Hawk Cup. The Iowa State Cyclones have a fierce in-state rivalry with the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. Annually the two teams meet in non-conference play to face off for an almost always sold out crowd. The winner receives the Cy-Hawk trophy and bragging rights for the year. The Iowa State Cyclones have held these rights for 6 of the last 10 years.

New Coach

The 2009 season will see some changes for the Cyclones, with the hiring of new Head Coach Paul Rhodes. His contract has been a reported 5-year, $5.75 million dollar deal. Paul Rhodes previously coached the Iowa State Cyclones linebackers under Dan McCarney before leaving Iowa State University to coach the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Auburn Tigers. Fans are excited to see if this new head coach can bring new energy and fire to the Cyclones this season!

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Buy Iowa State Cyclones football tickets today and be there as Coach Paul Rhodes returns to Jack Trice Stadium to take the field with the Cyclones!


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