Iowa State Football’s journey to bowling eligibility is still alive

AMES — Xavier Hutchinson didn’t hesitate when asked Tuesday what Iowa State would be playing for in the final two weeks of the season.

“To get to the bowl game, of course,” the senior wideout said.

The traditional route into the postseason requires the Cyclones (4-6, 1-6 Big 12) to win in their last two games, starting Saturday against Texas Tech (6pm; FS1) at Jack Trice Stadium and then away to No 4th and undefeated TCU the following weekend.

That seems like a tall order for a team that hasn’t won straight games since September.

However, there is another way.

With an academic progress rate of 986 that ranks in the top 20 nationwide, the state of Iowa has a shot at a bowl game if it can pull off five wins and fill the bloated bowl slate slots. The Cyclones rank second only to Rice in APR among schools that have not yet achieved or may yet achieve Bowl eligibility.