There were some lowlights, but the Hawkeyes largely controlled the game yesterday in a 20-0 win over the Northwestern Wildcats in Evanston. The win was Iowa’s second straight after suffer back-to-back losses at the hands of top-25 foes Michigan and Penn State.
After yesterday, those losses look a little less bad, though they’re still plenty frustrating. Michigan demolished previously #8 Notre Dame 45-14 while Penn State leaned on Michigan State 28-7. Today, both move up in the national polls, as do the Hawkeyes
In the Coaches Poll, a week after climbing ahead of Michigan, the Hawkeyes have now dropped back below them thanks to that big win against Notre Dame last night. Iowa comes in at #19 again this week.
In the AP, Iowa had a little more success climbing as they moved up one spot from 20th to 19th. That’s just one spot behind the Wisconsin Badgers, who tumbled from 13th to 18th after a defeat at the hands of #3 Ohio State Here’s the full AP poll.
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Notre Dame
- Appalachian State
- Boise State
- Kansas State
- Wake Forest
- San Diego State
Iowa is on a bye this week, as is Wisconsin, as the two prepare for their matchup in Madison in two weeks. Given the current standings and the fact neither plays this week, the Badgers are a virtual lock to come into that matchup ranked ahead of Iowa. Where the two are ranked overall will depend on the outcome of games involving other ranked teams.
If we learned nothing else from this week’s games, it should be that anything is possible any given week.