Ah, September was a fine month, wasn't it Cyclone fans?
October has reminded us of two things:
A. Iowa State can beat teams in the bottom half of Div. I and even the best of Div. II
B. There is still a giant gulf between Iowa State and the Top 50. Talent, depth, everything.
It's no accident that you can pull a random Top 25 from each decade and 15 of the names are in every single poll. Good football requires momentum- once you have it its much easier to maintain than it is to build it, and most importantly it pulls you over the dips.
Whatever momentum Iowa State had on October 1 has been sucked away by those with big budgets, big talent, and momentum.