The new coaches poll is out and your 11-0 Iowa Hawkeyes just keep movin' on up in the world. This week they're up three spots, from #6 to #3. The Hawkeyes, one of just two undefeated teams left in the nation (along with Clemson), received one first-place vote. Three previously undefeated teams lost yesterday -- Ohio State, Oklahoma State, and Houston. The last time Iowa received a first-place vote was... uh, we're researching that. But it's been a while. A LONG while.
EDIT: Per Friend of the Pants Matt Benson, it's been 27 years since Iowa received a first place vote -- and a full 30 years (since that magical 1985 season when Iowa actually was ranked #1 for a spell) since Iowa received in-season first place votes. Thanks, Matt!
EDIT2: The new AP Poll is out, and the media folks have Iowa at #3 as well:
The #3 ranking is the highest Iowa has been ranked in the Coaches Poll since the final regular season rankings in 2002, when 11-1 Iowa was ranked 3rd in the nation, behind undefeated Miami and Ohio State teams. That team had already won a Big Ten Championship by that point and their season of course ended with a disappointing defeat against USC in the Orange Bowl. This team still has several more games to go -- a minimum of three, as a matter of fact. All of this team's goals -- some bigger than we ever imagined way back in the summer -- are still on the table. Let's just enjoy the ride.
|1||Clemson (55)||Clemson (58)|
|2||Alabama (6)||Alabama (5)|
|4||Notre Dame||Notre Dame|
|6||Michigan State||Michigan State|
|8||Ohio State||Ohio State|
|11||North Carolina||North Carolina|
|14||Florida State||Florida State|
|19||Ole Miss||Ole Miss|
|20||Washington State||Washington State|
Go Iowa Awesome.