The Iowa State Cyclones, who are going bowling for two straight years under head coach Matt Campbell, will be playing in the Valero Alamo Bowl on December 28th.
The Cyclones managed to beat FCS Drake on Saturday by a surprisingly slim margin of three points, but that appears to not have hurt their chances at getting the number three bowl spot for the Big 12.
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Despite their struggles in the non-conference, Iowa State had one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2018 after finishing with an 8-4 record, including a 6-3 record in the Big 12. That marks the most ever Big 12 wins they’ve had in Ames.
Campbell’s squad, who finished at No. 25 in the final College Football Playoff rankings, will take on the No. 13 Washington State Cougars. The Cougars are coached by the quirky godfather of the Air Raid, Mike Leach, who had several current Big 12 coaches work for him at one point or another.
This is Iowa State’s 14th bowl appearance in school history, speaking to the momentous progress of the football program under Campbell. They’ll face a Washington State school which has similarly progressed in the past few seasons under Leach.
The game looks to be a very good matchup for the Cyclones, who are no stranger to playing the kind of spread offenses they’ll see in Washington State.
Iowa State and Washington State will face off on December 28th in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.