The Iowa State Cyclones haven’t had a chance to meet up with the Mississippi State football program
Many, nationally, tend to overlook college football programs from agrarian states where a lot of farming happens. Especially if that team is located in a smaller city or college town. It happens to Mississippi State. It happens to Iowa State.
And yet, while there are some similarities that exist under the surface with the Bulldogs and the Cyclones, these two programs have never taken the opportunity to get together for a football game. Despite the fact that Iowa State and Mississippi State both got their football programs started up in the late 1800’s, the two teams haven’t met.
The Cyclones have had a few bumps in the road over the past couple seasons, but Matt Campbell is a fascinating coach who, like former Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen, was able to steadily build Iowa State into a respectable program.
With the shifting landscape of college football, the Cyclones seem to be firmly planted in the Big 12, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t take a chance at lining up a contest with a similarly tiered program from the SEC. This sort of intriguing non-conference meeting would provide plenty of talking points and fun for football fans.
And we should see more of it more often. Get the Cyclones a chance at facing an SEC foe in Starkville. MSU fans should embrace more chances to go visit the Midwest.
It’d be a lot of fun.