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IOWA MOVES UP TO #6 IN NEW COACHES, AP POLLS

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Survive and advance.

Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The new AP and Coaches polls were released earlier today and the Hawks took advantage of a few upsets to move up two spots to the #6 ranking in the new polls.  #6 is the highest ranking for Iowa since (of course) the 2009 season, when they got as high as #7 in the AP Poll and #6 in the Coaches Poll.

Two teams ahead of Iowa lost yesterday (and Oklahoma State played with plenty of fire against Iowa State), Baylor and Stanford.  Baylor fell six spots from #4 to #10 after losing 44-34 at home to Oklahoma (who was one of the week's big risers, rising from #12/#11 to #7) and Stanford fell eight spots from #7 to #15 after losing 38-36 at home to Oregon and suffering their second loss of the season.

AP Coaches
1 Clemson (34) Clemson (28)
2 Ohio State (2) Ohio State (32)
3 Alabama (4) Alabama (4)
4 Oklahoma State Oklahoma State
5 Notre Dame Notre Dame
6 Iowa Iowa
7 Oklahoma Oklahoma
8 Florida Florida
9 Michigan State Michigan State
10 Baylor Baylor
11 TCU TCU
12 North Carolina North Carolina
13 Houston Michigan
14 Michigan Houston
15 Stanford Stanford
16 Florida State Florida State
17 LSU LSU
18 Utah Utah
19 Navy Navy
20 Northwestern Wisconsin
21 Wisconsin Northwestern
22 USC Oregon
23 Oregon Washington State
24 Washington State USC
25 Ole Miss Ole Miss (T-25)
25 Mississippi State (T-25)

Two of Iowa's former opponents remained ranked -- Northwestern and Wisconsin are #20 and #21 in the AP Poll, while they're #21 and #20 in the Coaches Poll.  This may be the last week with both teams ranked, though -- Northwestern and Wisconsin play each other in Madison on Saturday.  Another former opponent, Pittsburgh, is in the Others Receiving Votes category.  In all, six Big Ten teams are ranked in the new polls -- Ohio State (#2), Iowa (#6), Michigan State (#9), Michigan (#14/#13), Northwestern (#20/#21), and Wisconsin (#21/#20).

Onward and upward.