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Watch the video of Matt Campbell after his team got outscored by 17 in the fourth quarter to lose 38–31 at Oklahoma State in 2016, and what he says now makes sense. Minutes after that loss and a week after his team was outscored by 17 in the fourth and lost at home to Baylor on a field goal as time expired, Campbell doesn’t seem frustrated. He seems resolute. “We’ve just got to learn to finish,” Campbell told reporters in Stillwater on Oct. 8, 2016. “That’s part of what we’re doing and where we’re going.”

After seeing Campbell’s reaction that day, it doesn’t seem so odd to hear Campbell say that he’s glad the Cyclones lost those games. He’s grateful their opponents didn’t break down in the midst of their comebacks to give Iowa State cheap wins that might have given the Cyclones a sense that they had arrived when they most certainly had not. “If we would have won some of those games, it would have masked the true inconsistencies that lied within our program,” Campbell says. “What was great was to teach from some of those disappointing losses.”

So how can Iowa State improve? It begins with an offensive line that didn’t help Montgomery much as he ran for 1,146 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. According to Pro Football Focus, Montgomery led the nation in missed tackles forced with 104. Campbell would prefer Montgomery didn’t have to juke so many defenders. The coach would rather Montgomery run through an open hole and get a few yards down the field before he starts making tacklers miss. With four offensive linemen returning with starting experience, Montgomery should get more assistance. “Poor is probably the right statement of where we were on the offensive line a year ago, and you know, the ability for us to go from poor to good is a huge step for us,” Campbell says. “We have a chance to have a really good backfield, but the only way we can have a good backfield is if there is great growth amongst that offensive line. I think what you’ll find is an even more talented running back in David Montgomery than what everybody has seen so far.”

The Cyclones also are much deeper at quarterback than Campbell thought they’d be when last season ended. Iowa State asked the NCAA if Kyle Kempt could receive a hardship waiver for an extra year of eligibility. Kempt began his college career at Oregon State in 2013 and redshirted. He left Corvallis following a coaching change after the 2014 season (Mike Riley took the Nebraska job and Gary Andersen was hired) and transferred to Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College in 2015. Kempt walked on at Iowa State in 2015. Campbell thought the sixth year was a bit of a long shot, but in late January, an NCAA panel examined the circumstances of Kempt’s transfers and granted the sixth year. Kempt threw for 1,787 yards (7.4 yards per attempt) and 15 touchdowns with only three interceptions in nine games last season. Meanwhile, redshirt sophomore Zeb Noland filled in for an injured Kempt against Oklahoma State and then led Iowa State to a win against Baylor as the starter the following week. So Campbell will go into the season knowing he has a capable starter and a capable backup.

Now comes the tricky part. For the first time in years, the Cyclones must deal with expectations. They look capable of building on last season’s success, but now that the world has seen them beat Oklahoma and TCU, no opponent will take Iowa State lightly. Even the easiest games will get harder because the Cyclones have lost the element of surprise.

Campbell understands the challenge of high expectations better than most. He played on three Division III national title teams at Mount Union, and then he returned as Mount Union’s offensive coordinator and helped the the Purple Raiders win national titles in 2005 and ’06. Campbell loved playing for Mount Union coach Larry Kehres, but Campbell considers his stint working for Kehres as a Ph.D. program in coaching football. In terms of constantly fulfilling expectations in college football, the only peer Kehres has is probably Alabama’s Nick Saban. Thanks to his time with Kehres, Campbell believes he has a good idea how a team facing higher expectations should act in the offseason. And Campbell seems pleased with how his Cyclones have handled these past few months.

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1. Two pronouncements last week should have the leaders of schools—the people who actually make the NCAA’s rules—looking hard at my 2011 column on why the Olympic Model would help college sports deal with potential legal issues relating to the schools’ (probably illegal) price ceiling on the athlete labor market. First, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told USA Today that she believes college athletes should be allowed to profit off their own names and likenesses. Some thought this was an about-face from what Rice, the chair of the NCAA’s blue-ribbon committee that recently examined college basketball, said when she announced the committee’s findings last month. It wasn’t. She said the same thing in the tamest way possible while inside NCAA headquarters on the NCAA’s dime. Then, once outside, she came with the full-strength opinion.