Nov 30, 2013; Morgantown, WV, USA; Iowa State Cyclones wide receiver Justin Coleman (80) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter that sent the game into overtime at Milan Puskar Stadium. Iowa State Cyclones defeated West Virginia Mountaineers 52-44 in the third overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State football: Cyclones boast 3.5 win total in Vegas


More win totals have been announced for college football teams, and Las Vegas gives us a bleak future for the Iowa State Cyclones

The Murph & Andy Show’s official Twitter account posted win totals for both the Cyclones and Iowa Hawkeyes earlier today.

Only three or four wins for Iowa State this year? How dare they! There’s no way this team is going to finish as low as last year when…well…there’s still a lot of question marks on both sides of the ball, plenty of new faces on the coaching staff, and a schedule that starts with North Dakota State, Kansas State, and Iowa before the gauntlet of the Big 12.

All right, maybe there are some legit reasons why Vegas isn’t really high on the Cyclones.

This doesn’t mean Iowa State will stink again this year. Too many fans will be upset on the number Vegas spits out and doesn’t comprehend why they put the number out.

There’s a lot of potential for the Cyclones to have a great season. Last year was the apocalyptic disaster of Sam Richardson and Tom Farniok getting smacked around in the first game, none of the seniors at the running back position stepped up, the offensive line had a new formation every week, and not having breaks during the season because they had multiple bye weeks in September.

This year, the Courtney Messingham offense has been swapped out with Mark Mangino’s offense that’s proven to work. You wouldn’t think the offensive line could get more banged up than it was a season ago. There’s a lot of returning players that got valuable experience despite the losing trend.

Don’t ever underestimate the power of ending the season on a high note, and Grant Rohach may have gotten a lot of confidence in dominating Kansas and winning a back-and-forth battle against West Virginia.

For now, I’d say you could bet your house and your dog on Iowa State winning more than three games this year. But I’d hold on to the wife.

How many wins do you think the Cyclones will have this year?

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