Iowa State football: Five reasons Cyclones will rebound this season

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Jul 22, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach Paul Rhoads speaks to the media during the Big 12 Media Day at the Omni Dallas. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

When an Iowa State football season doesn’t hold up to their own expectations, things must have gone pretty bad. Here are five reasons why that won’t happen again this year.

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Back in 2013, saying things got off on the wrong foot is putting things mildly. Iowa State lost their season opener against Northern Iowa, Sam Richardson got banged up in the loss and never fully recovered during the season, the offensive line had a new lineup in every game, and the deep stable of running backs resorted to Aaron Wimberly for early success.

Basically, a lot of things went wrong for the team early and the snowball continued to build. Even with all of that, the team had five losses decided by eight points or less. If three of those went a different way, they could have went bowling.