Strange schedule in Ames: How strange? Well … Iowa State opens against Norhtern Iowa Aug. 31. Then the Cyclones have an off-week before meeting Iowa Sept. 14. Then they have an off-week before playing Tulsa on a Thursday, Sept. 26, before playing Texas on the following Thursday, Oct. 3, before getting back on a Saturday schedule, 10 days later, at Texas Tech.
“It isn’t until the second half of our season that we’re playing normal Saturday to Saturday football games,” ISU coach Paul Rhodes said. “And that will be a challenge for our staff and our kids.”