Iowa State football’s Week 1 game against South Dakota State was cancelled due to the storms that rolled through much of the college football landscape.
The Cyclones don’t appear able to make up the game against the Jackrabbits. However, they have found a 12th opponent, assuming neither team is playing for a title.
If Iowa State isn’t in the Big 12 Championship Game, it will face FCS squad Incarnate Word on Dec. 1, provided that the Cardinals are not in the playoffs.
Iowa State football announced the arrangement with Incarnate Word this afternoon.
From Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard, via ESPN:
“Although it’s been a challenging process to identify a school that was willing and able to play in Ames on Dec. 1, we are thankful to the Cardinals’ Athletics Director Brian Wickstrom and Coach Eric Morris in helping us schedule this game.
We explored multiple options to give our student-athletes only have so many chances in their career to play collegiate football. I’m very grateful to the administration at UIW for helping us provide our student-athletes, as well as our marching band and spirit squad another chance to represent Iowa State University.”
According to ESPN’s Mitch Sherman, Iowa State will pay the Incarnate Word $300,000 for the game, if it is played. It will also charter the team’s flight to Ames.
That could be well worth it for the program. ISU took a big leap in year two under Matt Campbell, going 8-5 last season with some big upsets.
The Cyclones should be competitive once again, but if they wound up 5-6 without the chance to grab an FCS win for a bowl, it would definitely sting. Assuming neither team makes a big post-season run.
Last season, Incarnate Word was 1-10 overall. The Cardinals have played two FBS teams to start the year: a 62-30 loss to New Mexico, and a 58-16 loss to North Texas.