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Iowa Football: Hawkeyes Remain in AP, Coaches Top-25

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Despite back-to-back losses, the Hawkeyes remain in the top-25 in both major polls this week.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 12 Penn State at Iowa
Did the Hawkeyes catch a break staying ranked another week?
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It was another disappointing loss for Iowa yesterday as they fell to #10 Penn State 17-12. That’s the second week in a row the offense has sputtered and the Hawkeyes have lost by one score or less to a ranked opponent.

Despite the poor offensive showing, the defense has looked great and the voters in both the AP and Coaches polls have rewarded the Hawkeyes by keeping them in the top 25.

In the Coaches, Iowa fell from 17th to 22nd with the loss. That’s two spots behind Minnesota, who entered the poll for the first time all year. Penn State climbed all the way to #7 this week. Last week’s opponent, Michigan, comes in at #16. You can view the whole poll here.

In the AP, things were largely the same as Minnesota makes their debut at #20, Michigan remains unchanged at #16 and Penn State climbs from #10 to #7. Ohio State is at #4 and Wisconsin climbed from #8 to #6 this week. Iowa fell one more spot in the AP than the Coaches, coming in at #23.

That makes 6 Big Ten teams ranked as Michigan State fell out. The conference also has three teams in the top ten with Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State. Both of those are tied with the SEC, though the SEC has the nation’s top two teams with Alabama and LSU. Clemson drops from 2nd to 3rd this week.

Here’s the full AP poll.

  1. Alabama
  2. LSU
  3. Clemson
  4. Ohio State
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Penn State
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Florida
  10. Georgia
  11. Auburn
  12. Oregon
  13. Utah
  14. Boise State
  15. Texas
  16. Michigan
  17. Arizona State
  18. Baylor
  19. SMU
  20. Minnesota
  21. Cincinnati
  22. Missouri
  23. Iowa
  24. Appalachian State
  25. Washington

The Hawkeyes will take on Purdue at 11am CT this weekend.