Cyclones’ 3-2 league start among their best ever

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Iowa State’s Big 12 football season just moved past the halfway point with Saturday’s 28-16 win over Kansas. The win pushed the Cyclones over the .500 mark both overall (5-4) and in league play (3-2).

The league mark represents the best conference record after five games since the 2002, 2001 and 2000 teams won three of its opening five Big 12 games. Take those three years away, however, and it’s not hard to see how favorable the 3-2 mark is entering the final month of the regular season.

Paul Rhoads’ first team was 2-3 after five games and that was a massive improvement over the 0-5 starts in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 15 years of Big 12 football, Iowa State has registered one or zero wins in its opening five league games eight times.

The remaining slate is tough with home games against Nebraska and Missouri surrounding a trip to Colorado. The Huskers and Tigers have both spent time in the AP Top 10 this fall.

Rhoads has preached all season that the goal is to get better each week. As long as that remains the focus, wins and losses will take care of themselves.

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