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IOWA HAWKEYES JUMP TO NO. 17 IN AP, COACHES POLLS

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Survive and advance applies to football season, too.

Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Following their win over Illinois Saturday, the Iowa Hawkeyes received a No. 17 ranking in both the AP and Amway Coaches polls.  The Hawkeyes jumped five places in the AP poll and six in the Coaches poll over last week's ranking; only Michigan, which blew out then-no. 13 Northwestern Saturday, got a bigger boost from the pollsters.

AP Coaches Massey
1 Ohio State (27) Ohio State (47) TCU
2 Baylor (13) Baylor (8) Florida
3 TCU (3) TCU (5) Utah
4 Utah (16) Michigan State (1) Clemson
5 Clemson (1) LSU (1) Michigan
6 LSU Clemson Ohio State
7 Michigan State Utah (1) Texas A&M
8 Florida State Florida State Baylor
9 Texas A&M (1) Alabama Alabama
10 Alabama Texas A&M Notre Dame
11 Florida Florida LSU
12 Michigan Ole Miss Florida State
13 Ole Miss Notre Dame Oklahoma State
14 Notre Dame Michigan Stanford
15 Stanford Oklahoma State Iowa
16 Oklahoma State Stanford Northwestern
17 Iowa Iowa Oklahoma State
18 UCLA UCLA Ole Miss
19 Oklahoma Oklahoma UCLA
20 Northwestern Boise State Boise State
21 Boise State Northwestern Michigan State
22 Toledo Memphis California
23 California California Toledo
24 Houston Duke Temple
25 Duke Toledo USC

Iowa leapfrogged idle UCLA in both polls and Cal in the coaches poll (the Hawkeyes were already ahead of the Golden Bears in the AP).  They also moved ahead of Oklahoma, Northwestern, Southern Cal and Georgia, who all suffered losses.

The Hawkeyes were last in the Top 20 on November 13, 2010, when the then-Big Ten contenders were ranked No. 13 before a loss to Northwestern set off a three-game losing skid.  Iowa hasn't been 6-0 since 2009, when it started the season with nine wins and rose as high as No. 4 before -- you guessed it -- a loss to Northwestern dropped the Hawkeyes from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Iowa plays the very same No. 20/21 Northwestern Wildcats in Evanston Saturday.  A win over Northwestern would give Iowa a two-game lead in the Big Ten West race over at least four division rivals.