Iowa State comes into the 2022-23 football season with a lot of talent and a lot of question marks. I did a game by game breakdown with my followers on Instagram, here is how they predicted the Cyclones season:
Note: Don't miss what some of my twitter follower predictions after the game by game breakdown.
SEMO (Sept. 3)
Southeast Missouri State should be a nice tune up game for the Cyclones. The RedHawks finished the 2021-22 season at 4-7 in the FCS.
My Prediction: ISU Cyclone Win (1-0)
Instagram Follower Prediction: Iowa State (98%) (1-0)
@ Iowa (Sept. 10)
Possibly the biggest game of the Cyclones season happens in week two as the Cyclones travel to Iowa City. Iowa has experience returning on both sides of the ball along with a reputation to not make too many mistakes. This may cause a huge struggle for the Cyclones and 2022 may not be the year the Cyclones come out on top in the football Cy-Hawk series. However, Iowa State will keep in close in a game that means so much to the state of Iowa and give themselves a chance to win.
My Prediction: Iowa (1-1)
Instagram Follow Prediction: Iowa State (67%) (2-0)
Ohio (Sept. 17)
Ohio struggled last season, finishing 3rd in the MAC East and having a 3-9 record overall. This should be another game where the Cyclones should have no problem.
My Prediction: Iowa State (2-1)
Instagram Follow Prediction: Iowa State (96%) (3-0)
Baylor (Sept. 24)
Big 12 reigning champions being back a lot of key pieces and will be a tough test for the Cyclones. They moved on from star quarterback Gerry Bohanon who led them to such a great season which is a little confusing, but they still bring a great team into the 2022 football season.
My Prediction: Baylor (2-2)
Instagram Follow Prediction: Iowa State (69%) (4-0)
@ Kansas (Oct. 1)
Kansas is coming off a win against Texas which turned the eyes of everyone across the country. However, they are still Kansas. Iowa State should have no problem with the JayHawks, not much else to say.
My Prediction: Iowa State (3-2)
Instagram Follow Prediction: Iowa State (92%) (5-0)
Kansas State (Oct. 8)
The Farmageddon rivalry returns to Ames as ISU takes on the Wildcats at Jack Trice. The wildcats have one of the best backs in the country returning in Duece Vaughn. However, I believe that Iowa State and defensive coordinator Jon Heacock will have a plan for the star running back and will not let the Wildcats walk out of Jack Trice Stadium with the win.
My Prediction: Iowa State (4-2)
Instagram Follow Prediction: Iowa State (91%) (6-0)
@ Texas (Oct. 15)
Texas will always underperform, no matter who their quarterback is. Iowa State with the road win.
My Prediction: Iowa State (5-2)
Instagram Follow Prediction: Iowa State (74%) (7-0)
Oklahoma (Oct. 29)
Oklahoma, led by UCF transfer quarterback Dillon Gabriel, is going to be an interesting team. The Oklahoma defense is a big question mark as well with multiple departures to the NFL. Theres a good chance this is a night game for the Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium, and ISU does not lose night home games, so I have the Cyclones in a close one. Iowa State will also benefit from a bye week the week before and be able to get healthy and have more preparation for this Sooners team.
My Prediction: Iowa State (6-2)
Instagram Follow Prediction: Iowa State (58%) (8-0)
West Virginia (Nov. 5)
West Virginia is another game I just do not see the Cyclones losing at home. The WVU football program has not at the best trajectory as of late and does not look like they will have the tools to beat the Cyclones.
My Prediction: Iowa State (7-2)
Instagram Follow Prediction: Iowa State (74%) (9-0)
@Oklahoma State (Nov. 12)
Oklahoma State narrowly missed a Big 12 title last year and brings back plenty of weapons. One of those weapons is Spencer Sanders who can give the Cyclones nightmares with his ability to run the ball at the quarterback position. I am not sure if the Cyclones will be able to pull of another win against the Cowboys, especially being on the road this year.
My Prediction: Oklahoma State (7-3)
Instagram Follow Prediction: Iowa State (65%) (10-0)
Texas Tech (Nov. 19)
Texas Tech twitter may be at a great spot right now led by the Gamblin' Gauchos. Unfortunately, their football team isn't as great as their twitter presence. While their team is going in the right direction, they will not upset the Cyclones again like they did last season.
My Prediction: Iowa State (8-3)
Instagram Follow Prediction: Iowa State (93%) (11-0)
@ TCU (Nov. 26)
Texas Christian is another game I cannot see the Cyclones losing , even on the road. I have the Cyclones finishing their season strong.
My Prediction: Iowa State (9-3)
Instagram Follow Prediction: Iowa State (91%) (12-0)
What does Cyclone Twitter think?
I also asked my twitter followers what they thought Iowa State's record would end up being at the end of the season and here are some of the responses: