Iowa State has a funky schedule to open the season. Until Oct. 12-19, the Cyclones have no back-to-back Saturday games.
But ISU coach Paul Rhoads isn’t complaining too loudly. He knows what a game on a non-Saturday can do for a program’s profile. His 2011 Cyclones upset second-ranked OSU 37-31 in double overtime on a November Friday night that still is paying dividends for Iowa State.
“It was a national stage that recruits, that fans of the game, that fans of Iowa State got to see in all parts of the country,” Rhoads said. “What that really did for us is gave us instant national recognition.
“I don’t think some folks in some parts probably recognized Iowa State football as being capable of playing on the national stage, and then I would say, without a doubt, it’s the biggest victory in the history of our program.
“So now to walk in as a recruiter or just an ambassador of the university has been magnified several times fold with that victory.”
This season, IowaState hosts Texas on a Thursday night, Oct. 3.
“The national exposure without a doubt is fantastic for our university, for recruiting efforts, and so forth,” Rhoads said. “Here in 2013, it’s what it is. There’s some trade in there, and you’ve got to trade the good for the bad, so to speak, but it is going to create challenges.”