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Iowa Football: Hawkeyes Move Up In AP, Coaches Poll

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The Hawkeyes made a big jump in both polls this week thanks to a bloodbath in the top-25.

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Nate Stanley will lead the now top-15 Hawkeyes against Middle Tennessee this weekend.
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In a bit of an ironic twist, after spending a week dissecting Iowa’s win over Iowa State and the lack of any significant upward move in the national polls for winning a road game against a team that had been hyped all offseason and was a fringe top-25 opponent, the Hawkeyes have made more of a jump by not playing anyone than they did by beating the Cyclones.

Last week, Hawkeye fans saw their team move up one spot thanks almost entirely to a loss of Michigan State. This week, with Iowa idle, a slew of teams ranked ahead of them were knocked off.

The victims started falling Friday night as former #10 Utah losses to USC. That continued on Saturday as #7 Notre Dame, #11 Michigan, #15 UCF, #17 Texas A&M, #19 Washington State, #24 Arizona State and #25 TCU all fell. The result was a reshuffling of both major polls.

Today, the Hawkeyes climbed to #14 in the Coaches Poll as well as the AP. That’s a 4 spot jump during the bye week.

Other notable moves include former top-10 Michigan falling all the way to #20 after their beat down from Wisconsin. Speaking g of the Badgers, they enter the top 10 this week at #8. Ohio State jumped the idle Oklahoma to come in at #5. Penn State is up two spots to #12. Michigan State snuck back into the top-25 after their win over Northwestern at #25.

That makes six Big Ten teams in the top-25 and four in the top-15. The six total teams ties the SEC for the most of any conference. The SEC dominates at the top with three in the top-5 and five in the top-10.

Here’s the full AP poll.

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Georgia
  4. LSU
  5. OSU
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Auburn
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Florida
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Texas
  12. Penn State
  13. Oregon
  14. Iowa
  15. Cal
  16. Boise State
  17. Washington
  18. Virginia
  19. Utah
  20. Michigan
  21. USC
  22. UCF
  23. Texas A&M
  24. Kansas State
  25. Michigan State