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Iowa Football: Hawkeyes Climb to 17 in Latest College Football Playoff Rankings

Iowa’s win against Minnesota has garnered them national attention.

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Despite being favored at home last week against Minnesota, Iowa’s win over the then 8th ranked team in the nation came as a surprise to some. It also came with some national attention.

Today, that comes to a head as the College Football Playoff committee released their weekly rankings. This week, the committee vaulted Iowa up to number 17 on the back of that 23-19 win over the Golden Gophers.

As you can see, the ranking places Iowa just behind Notre Dame and just ahead of Memphis. Here’s a look at the full rankings:

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

Some Observations:

  • Iowa’s win over Minnesota dropped the Golden Gophers two spots while raising the Hawkeyes 3.
  • Iowa is the second-highest rated 3-loss team behind only Auburn.
  • The Hawkeyes’ 3 losses have come to the #8, #12 and #13 teams in the country.
  • Iowa has wins over #10 Minnesota and a road win over #22 Iowa State.
  • The Big Ten leads all conferences with 6 teams ranked in the top-25 with the lowest being #17 Iowa.
  • The Big Ten has 3 teams in the top-10, the same as the SEC. Both conferences have 5 teams in the top-15.

The Hawkeyes will look to continue climbing the rankings this week as they close out their home schedule against i ranked Illinois at 11am CT. The game will be televised on BTN. The Hawkeyes are currently favored by 16.