Make no mistake- North Dakota State is a solid team. They would be middle of the pack in the Power 5 conferences, and would push to win a league like the MAC or Mountain West.
But giving up 34 unanswered to a team not named Baylor is going to raise serious questions about the direction of your program.
Data point: Since ISU's 2012 upset of Baylor, the team is 4-14. Two of those wins are over Kansas.
You don't have to win at Iowa State, but you do have to look competitive.