Cyclones and Hawkeyes Open 2021 Season Ranked in AP Poll

August 16, 2021 1:06pm

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Iowa State football will begin the season ranked in the Associated Press’ preseason poll for the third-straight season.

The Cyclones are rated No. 7 in the debut poll of 2021, extending their school-record streak to 14 consecutive weeks as a member of the AP Top-25. It’s the highest ranking by a Cyclone team in the AP poll in school history.

This marks the fifth-straight season ISU has appeared in the AP Top-25. The Cyclones ended the 2020 campaign ranked No. 9 in the final AP poll, only the third time in school history ISU ended the season in the poll (1976, 2000) and the first time in the top-10.

Iowa State returns 19 starters from last year’s team that set a school record for league victories (8) and tied a school mark in overall wins (9). The Cyclones appeared in a Big 12 Championship game and played in a New Year’s Six Bowl for the first time in school history, capping off the season with a 34-17 win over No. 25 Oregon in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. Iowa State opens the 2021 season playing host to UNI on Sept. 4 at 3:30 p.m. CT.

For the 9th time in the Ferentz era and the 26th time in program history, the Hawkeyes enter the season ranked in the AP Top-25. Iowa checks in at number 18. This marks the third consecutive season the Hawkeyes will enter the season ranked in the pre-season AP Poll. Iowa came into 2020 ranked 24th and climbed throughout the year to finish at 16th. In 2019, the Hawkeyes entered the year at 20th in the AP, climbed as high at 14th and finished the year 16th in the nation. Iowa’s highest preseason ranking came in 1961 when the Hawkeyes entered the year at #1 in the nation. Iowa’s season opener is not only against a Big Ten opponent, but also a top-25 opponent as Indiana enters the year ranked #17 in both the AP and Coaches Poll.

The defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide enter the 2021 season in the same positioning in which they finished the 2020 season -- No. 1 in the AP Top 25. It should come as no surprise that national powers Oklahoma, Clemson, Ohio State and Georgia fill out the rest of the top five.

2021 Preseason AP Top 25

1. Alabama (47)

2. Oklahoma (6)

3. Clemson (6)

4. Ohio State (1)

5. Georgia (3)

6. Texas A&M

7. Iowa State

8. Cincinnati

9. Notre Dame

10. North Carolina

11. Oregon

12. Wisconsin

13. Florida

14. Miami (FL)

15. USC

16. LSU

17. Indiana

18. Iowa

19. Penn State

20. Washington

21. Texas

22. Coastal Carolina

23. Louisiana

24. Utah

25. Arizona State