Preseason Coaches' Poll Puts Hawkeyes At No. 10

Today, we celebrate the preseason coaches' poll, a useless tool which exists solely to create a bias that will infect all future polls for the upcoming football season. After all, after this first poll, every week is primarily evaluated under the caveman-smart "win go up lose go down" metric. It's insulting.

That all said, the Iowa Hawkeyes start the season at No. 10, only eight slots away from title contention, in this preseason poll. So although preseason polls are insidious thumbs on the scales of proper team ranking, hey, at least they're working for Iowa this year!

Full poll standings, after the break.

Rank
Team (first-place votes)
2009 record
Points
Final 2009 rank
1.
Alabama (55)
14-0
1,469
1
2.
Ohio State (4)
11-2
1,392
5
3.
Florida
13-1
1,245
3
4.
Texas
13-1
1,240
2
5.
Boise State
14-0
1,215
4
6.
Virginia Tech
10-3
1,052
10
7.
TCU
12-1
1,051
6
8.
Oklahoma
8-5
1,035
NR
9.
Nebraska
10-4
1,001
14
10.
Iowa
11-2
952
7
11.
Oregon
10-3
940
11
12.
Wisconsin
10-3
778
16
13.
Miami (Fla.)
9-4
728
19
14.
Penn State
11-2
508
8
15.
Pittsburgh
10-3
492
15
16.
LSU
9-4
476
17
17.
Georgia Tech
11-3
455
13
18.
North Carolina
8-5
445
NR
19.
Arkansas
8-5
438
NR
20.
Florida State
7-6
374
NR
21.
Georgia
8-5
312
NR
22.
Oregon State
8-5
263
NR
23.
Auburn
8-5
260
NR
24t.
Utah
10-3
169
18
24t.
West Virginia
9-4
169
22

The Big Ten leads all conferences with four teams in the top 15, but that should be short-lived; after all, no. 14 Penn State visits Alabama, and barring a massive upset, will be beaten by Alabama. But even if PSU outplays expectations and only falls a couple points short--let's say they get Daniel Murrayed again--they'll automatically go down in the polls, regardless of whether they played like a top 5 team in defeat. Because polls are stupid. Polls are stupid. Polls are stupid.

But GO IOWA AWESOME anyway!

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