Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell watches from the sideline throughout an NCAA school soccer sport within the Cheez-It Bowl in opposition to Clemson, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, on the Tenting World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
Within the first piece of a 10-part sequence previewing the Iowa State soccer season, Chris Williams, Jared Stansbury, Jeff Woody, Brent Blum and Connor Ferguson dive into Iowa State’s schedule and peg the sport they’re most excited for in 2022.
Chris Williams: I feel the Baylor is an important sport of the season for Iowa State however I am going to go along with that Iowa in week two for my private pleasure degree.
What we’ll see from the Cyclones is a little bit of a thriller this summer season and maybe that shall be a profit for the nice guys within the 2022 Cy-Hawk sport.
All I do know is that when Iowa has identified what’s coming, it has not labored out in Iowa State’s favor in the course of the Matt Campbell period.
Kirk Ferentz’s dominance on this rivalry shouldn’t be one thing that Campbell’s employees takes flippantly and getting that field checked could be a really large deal for this program, regardless of Iowa State’s constant success within the Massive 12 over the past half-decade.
Jared Stansbury: Iowa is the simple reply right here, and I am guessing my colleagues will agree. For that purpose, I am going to go along with the Oklahoma sport in Ames on Oct. 29.
Everyone knows October appears to be when Matt Campbell’s groups begin to hit their stride, and that final weekend within the month previously often known as Brock-tober has produced among the program’s finest all-around performances.
We have no idea what number of extra alternatives we’ll get to see the convention’s most dominant program go to Jack Trice Stadium, which is unlucky contemplating these two colleges have gone head-to-head on the gridiron 85 instances within the final almost 100 years .
After all, this sequence is coming to an finish simply as Iowa State will get right into a place the place it will probably persistently compete with the scarlet and cream.
Oklahoma’s program with almost as many important query marks as Iowa State contemplating the mass exodus of expertise after Lincoln Riley left for USC. For the primary time in a very long time, the Sooners really feel like a wild card going right into a season.
It stinks they moved this sport off of the Thursday evening it was initially scheduled for, however, alas, Oklahoma making maybe their final go to to Ames on the time Iowa State’s groups traditionally hit their stride shall be must-see TV.
Brent Blum: For reference, I’ve a love-hate relationship with the Iowa sport.
It is laborious to say something however the in-state sport this yr. Iowa State has so many unknowns getting into the season and we won’t have a whole lot of solutions to these questions till week two in Iowa Metropolis.
The Baylor sport to open the Massive 12 can also be on the short-list, however a win in Kinnick could be a monumental increase to this season. We will be assured if that occurs, the Iowa State band would exit the proper exit.
Jeff Woody: Is it ever * not * Iowa?
At this level within the growth of this system, you possibly can solidly say that Iowa State is a top-25 degree program yr in and yr out, whatever the variety of weeks spent in that rankings system.
So is Iowa.
I’ve household that went to Iowa, and I am certain you probably did too.
So the truth that you may have two highly-respected packages in an in-state, inter-conference rivalry sport so early within the season is exclusive and an thrilling take a look at.
ISU has began flat in almost each season underneath Matt Campell (comparatively talking). However there have additionally been a whole lot of “knowns” on the ISU roster for us (and common opponents, ie Iowa) to arrange for.
That ain’t the case this yr.
So maybe ISU is ready to throw issues at Iowa they weren’t anticipating and get a unique end result. However maybe they arrive out and it is similar to the previous couple of years. Who is aware of?
However the world will discover out on September tenth.
Connor Ferguson: I am actually excited to see Iowa State in opposition to Oklahoma.
For one purpose or one other, Matt Campbell and his employees have coached a few of their finest video games in opposition to the Sooners – whether or not that be protecting it shut or profitable it.
With Brent Venables in his first yr in Norman and a house matchup in opposition to OU, I feel it is going to be probably the most intriguing sport on the slate.
I additionally wish to point out that UCF switch Dillon Gabriel shall be taking the sphere at quarterback for OU. Gabriel had almost a 70% completion fee final yr and spreads the ball round with ease. I am excited to see what he can do at Oklahoma and cannot wait to observe him play in particular person.