While Athlon Sports isn’t giving the Iowa State football team much love with projecting them just one of two teams that will miss a bowl game in the Big 12, they did finish higher in the stadium rankings.
Jack Trice Stadium finished sixth in Athlon’s Big 12 college football stadium rankings released on Friday. Braden Gall brings up how the fanbase went over-capacity multiple times during last season.
Iowa State is home to one of the most underrated home atmospheres in the nation in a building named after Iowa’s first black athlete. The passion of the fans cannot be questioned as the Cyclones outdrew their capacity in 2012 on a team that barely reached the postseason the last two seasons.
Iowa State finishes behind Texas Tech’s Jones AT&T Stadium and ahead of Kansas State’s Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium at Texas reigned at the top of the list, finishing with the best overall attendance in the Big 12 from last season and fourth nationally. Rounding out the bottom after Kansas State is TCU, Baylor, and Kansas. Those three schools had a sub-average 47,000 from last season (ISU finished at 55, 274) with an average of 56th in the nation.
Earlier this year, Athlon ranked Iowa State as 57th overall in the nation, finishing with a 5-7 overall record and just 2-7 in the conference. That ranking is ahead of the Iowa Hawkeyes, but second-last in the Big 12 standings.
[Source: Athlon Sports]