Coming into the 2019 season, Iowa State had some lofty expectations after two straight winning seasons. The defense wasn't losing much, the offense was led by one of the better players in program history in only his sophomore year and at the helm was a coach who had completely upended the program into a Big 12 contender.

Iowa State had a calm Wednesday as the Early Signing Period got underway. The Cyclones were quiet, as 20 players from the 2020 class sent in their Letters of Intent (LOI) and two recruits who grey-shirted were added to the scholarship count.

It’s safe to say Iowa State isn’t the most well-decorated team in the history of bowl games. The Cyclones haven’t appeared in a bowl game three years in a row since the early 2000s — but when Iowa State takes the field against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Dec. 28, it’ll be the team’s third-straight bowl game in just four years under head coach Matt Campbell.

Every week, the Iowa State Daily's Sam Stuve will deliver the good news for Iowa State football fans as "Good Cop" and Jack Shover will play devil's advocate as "Bad Cop."

Iowa State just came off a sloppy game against Kansas — a team that is last in the Big 12. With Kansas State coming up and bowl implications on the line, Iowa State is playing perhaps its most important game in a while.

Every week, the Iowa State Daily's Sam Stuve will deliver the good news for Iowa State football fans as "Good Cop" and Jack Shover will play devil's advocate as "Bad Cop."

The Cyclones are bowl eligible for the third consecutive season. But as is tradition with college fanbases, as soon as a team becomes bowl eligible, speculation begins as to what bowl game their team will land in and who they will face.

Every week, the Iowa State Daily's Sam Stuve will deliver the good news for Iowa State football fans as "Good Cop" and Jack Shover will play devil's advocate as "Bad Cop."