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No. 23 Iowa State faces challenging opener vs Ragin’ Cajuns

FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2019, file photo, Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy (15) throws a pass in front of Notre Dame defensive lineman Adetokunbo Ogundeji (91) during the first half of the Camping World Bowl NCAA college football game, in Orlando, Fla. Purdy, who led the most productive offense in program history, has the look of a high-round pick if he declares for the NFL draft after his junior year. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2019, file photo, Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy (15) throws a pass in front of Notre Dame defensive lineman Adetokunbo Ogundeji (91) during the first half of the Camping World Bowl NCAA college football game, in Orlando, Fla. Purdy, who led the most productive offense in program history, has the look of a high-round pick if he declares for the NFL draft after his junior year. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)(Phelan M. Ebenhack | AP)
Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 12:43 PM CDT
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(AP) - No. 23 Iowa State faces a challenging opener against Louisiana-Lafayette of the Sun Belt Conference.

The Cyclones are led by record-setting quarterback Brock Purdy and a defense that returns 10 players with starting experience.

The Ragin' Cajuns come to Ames after winning a second straight Sun Belt West title and recording a school-record 11 victories.

Iowa State is an 11 1/2-point favorite. Louisiana-Lafayette is looking for its first road win against a Top 25 opponent.

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