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College Football World Reacts To Iowa State's Shaky Performance

Dylan Soehner celebrates with Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy.

MORGANTOWN, WV - OCTOBER 12: Brock Purdy #15 of the Iowa State Cyclones celebrates with Dylan Soehner #89 after rushing for a two-yard touchdown in the first half against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Mountaineer Field on October 12, 2019 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Iowa State entered the 2021 season with all kinds of hype, after an impressive breakout season a year ago. The Cyclones went 9-3, with a big Fiesta Bowl win over Oregon to end the year.

Oklahoma remains the significant favorite in the Big 12, but plenty are aboard the Cyclones train this fall. That hype train may not have been totally derailed, but it certainly lost some steam with today's game.

Iowa State opened the season with FCS club Northern Iowa. They really struggled to separate from the Panthers, winning the game 16-10.

Star quarterback Brock Purdue was 21-for-26, but was held to 199 yards through the air and 58 on the ground. He did not score a touchdown. Breece Hall, one of the nation's top running backs, only managed to run for 69 yards and a score in the game.

It certainly isn't a referendum on the year to come for the Cyclones. Oklahoma also struggled against what should have been an overmatched opponent, eeking one out against Tulane 40-35. Struggling with FCS and smaller conference teams is nothing new for ISU either. Just last year, Iowa State lost its opener to Louisiana 31-14, before going on a great run through the rest of the season. The Ragin' Cajuns ended up being very good, but it still wasn't an ideal opener for the Cyclones. In 2019, ISU needed triple overtime to beat this same Northern Iowa squad in the opener, 29-26, before going 7-6 (5-4). Of course, elsewhere in the state, Iowa blew out Indiana, one of the best teams in the Big Ten a year ago. Those two will face off in Ames next Saturday, and right now Iowa fans have to be flying high in anticipation of that one.

Next week's Cy-Hawk Game kicks off at 4:30 p.m. ET on ABC. There will be as much hype for that rivalry bout as there has been in a long, long time.