Brock Purdy Fiesta Bowl

Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy throws a short pass against No. 25 Oregon in the 2020 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2.

With the expectations of a historic season for Iowa State football in 2021, the Cyclones were selected to finish second in the Big 12 Conference in the preseason media poll.

Oklahoma, which beat Iowa State 27-21 in the 2020 championship game, was picked first. Iowa State was one of just two teams to receive a first-place vote, but it could not compete with the votes Oklahoma received. Out of 39 voters, four selected Iowa State to win the Big 12 while 35 voters chose the Sooners.

This is a highly anticipated season as 19 Iowa State starters from last year’s team are returning this season. During the 2020 season, the team finished 9-3, earning a trip to the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, so the expectations are not without reasoning.

Big 12 Preseason Media Poll

1. Oklahoma

2. Iowa State

3. Texas

4. Oklahoma State

5. TCU

6. West Virginia

7. Kansas State

8. Baylor

9. Texas Tech

10. Kansas

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