Someone pinch me because I never thought this day would come. I came to Iowa State as a freshman back in 2015. I saw the final year of the Paul Rhodes era where the Cyclones went 3-9. I saw Iowa State blow the embarrassingly large lead that they blew against Kansas State. They were up 35-14 on the Wildcats at halftime, and then proceeded to fumble the ball FOUR times in the final seven and a half minutes; losing 35-38.
Fast forward four years later, and here Iowa State is hosting ESPN’s College GameDay.
The Cyclones have never, in the history of their program, ever, hosted College GameDay. Its something that the Iowa State faithful have been calling for since 2017.
In 2017, Iowa State was on a roll, coming off of three straight wins, including their coming-out game, where they knocked off 3rd-ranked Oklahoma, in Norman. That specific week, the Cyclones had just entered the College Football Playoff Rankings at 25th, and were set to host 4th-ranked TCU. Iowa State fans were begging for College GameDay to come to Ames, but alas, they ended up going to Penn State at Ohio State. They had been at Penn State the previous week and had already visited Columbus once that year.
Cyclone Nation was furious.
There also exists some bad blood between Kirk Herbstreit and Iowa State fans ever since he tweeted that Matt Campbell was leaving back in 2017.
Needless to say, I think Iowa State got the last laugh.
There is no doubt in my mind that CyclONEnation is going to come out with their A-game, with both creative signs and passion. Be sure to tune in Saturday morning. You’re not going to want to miss this.