Iowa State Football vs. Texas Tech: Live Score Updates, Analysis

For the last time this season, the Iowa State Cyclones are back at Jack Trice Stadium.

Their game tonight against Texas Tech starts at 7 p.m. and will end a disappointing season (4-6, 1-6 Big 12). Technically, they still have a chance to extend their winning streak into five straight bowl games, but they need to win at least one of their last two games. With TCU No. 4 looming next week, don’t hold your breath to end the season on a two-game winning streak.

That means there’s a lot more at stake in today’s contest against the Red Raiders (5-5, 3-4 Big 12) than just a potential fifth win for the Cyclones. It’s a chance to make a bowl game if they’re lucky, and five-win teams are needed to fill out the 43-game tally. Sure, some fans might consider a bowl game a meaningless consolation prize, just another day for ISU to sway their mood, but this time around Christmas. But this seemingly meaningless game means a lot to staff and younger players who benefit greatly from the 15 extra drills that a bowl game entails.