No. 7 Cyclones looking to be more polished right out of gate

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AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State will be looking to get off to a fast start this season. That’s been a problem in coach Matt Campbell’s first five years.

The Cyclones are 2-3 in openers under him. Northern Iowa is the opening opponent Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames.

The Panthers have been a traditional power in the Football Championship Subdivision. They played a spring season because of the pandemic and went 3-4. Campbell said that’s deceiving because of the circumstances.

Campbell expects to get the Panthers’ best shot. They’ve beaten Iowa State three times since 2007. The last time the teams played. Iowa State beat Northern Iowa in three overtimes 29-26.

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