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Iowa State returns to Top 25 after 12 unranked seasons

A week after 23rd-ranked Iowa State struggled to beat Army at home in September 2005, it quietly slipped out of the Top 25.

Few knew then that it would take a dozen years — and three different head coaches — for the Cyclones to finally return to the national rankings.

Iowa State (5-2, 3-1 Big 12) sneaked back to the Top 25 on Sunday at No. 25 on the strength of three straight wins, including victories at Oklahoma and Texas Tech.

The surprising Cyclones return home on Saturday to face No. 4 TCU (7-0, 4-0) in a highly anticipated game that many see as another measuring stick in how far Iowa State has come. Second-year coach Matt Campbell on Monday tried to downplay...