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Anonymous Big 12 Coach on Iowa State Football: ‘You Have to Play a Perfect Game’ to Beat Them

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We’ve reached the point of the offseason where preseason magazines start to trickle out onto grocery store shelves and in .PDF format on Twitter and everywhere else you find your college football content.

One of the mainstays of the preseason magazine world, Athlon Sports, has long had a segment during this part of the season when they ask coaches, anonymously, about other coaches in their league.

The Iowa State Cyclones had a rough 2022 season under head coach Matt Campbell, but according to one anonymous Big 12 coach, it still takes a perfect game plan to take them down.


“They have discipline; they get after you, and you have to play a perfect game. They’re hard to beat that way. Obviously, they’re not as athletic as most teams, and they can’t beat you one on one. That’s not a knock because if they were just chasing talent, they wouldn’t be successful at a place like this. … They obviously weren’t good on offense, and they don’t have the weapons to plug in, but when you consider how many changes [Matt Campbell] made to the staff, it’s obvious they want to get it right and build it back up.”

While Iowa State may have underwhelmed expectations last fall, the integrity of Matt Campbell’s system in Ames never left. The team didn’t have much going on the offensive side of the ball, partially attributed to what the anonymous Big 12 coach mentioned as a lack of athleticism, but with Iowa State’s complete overhaul of the coaching staff outside of Campbell, the Cyclones are definitely not going to be satisfied with another last-place finish.

The Cyclones enter the season with some familiar members on the team including their starting QB Hunter Dekkers, but while Iowa State didn’t have many big playmakers, the system that Cambell runs is more than enough to earn the respect of fellow coaches. Iowa State kicks off its season on September 2nd against Northern Iowa at 1:00 PM, and after finishing the 2022 season off with just four total wins, I expect the Cyclones to be hungrier than ever to try and match their previous win total as soon as possible.

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