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Iowa Football: Hawkeyes Hold Steady in National Polls

The Hawkeyes moved to 8-3 with a win over Illinois. Today, they remain unchanged in the national polls.

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NCAA Football: Illinois at Iowa
Head coach Kirk Ferentz moved into a tie with Hayden Fry for 3rd all-time in Big Ten conference wins Saturday.
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The win wasn’t terribly impressive, though Illinois did come into the game riding a 4-game winning streak that included an upset over Wisconsin. As a result, Iowa remained unchanged in the USA Today Coaches Poll at #20. In the AP poll, it was a similar story as the Hawkeyes remain at #19.

That’s to be expected without many losses in front of Iowa in the polls. This week did see some top-25 teams lose, but those came from teams on the back end of the rankings, such as SMU, or much higher up in the rankings. In the top-10, we had Penn State and Oregon lose. However, neither fell far enough to impact Iowa’s ranking.

Here’s a look at the full AP top-25.

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

Some Takeaways:

  • Iowa is still the second highest ranked team with 3 losses behind #15 Auburn.
  • The Big Ten leads all conferences with 6 ranked teams. The SEC is second with 5.
  • The SEC leads with 4 teams ranked inside the top-10. The Big Ten has 3.
  • Iowa’s losses have all come against teams currently ranked in the top-13.
  • Iowa only has one win over a ranked opponent, #10 Minnesota. Iowa State is the top team in others receiving votes.

The Hawkeyes will close out the regular season with a Black Friday matchup in Lincoln against i ranked Nebraska. Iowa has won the last 4 against the Huskies and 5 of the last 6. The game is a 1:30pm CT kick on BTN.