Nov. 3, 2003
Coach Kirk Ferentz’s nationally ranked Iowa Hawkeyes continue to rank among the nation’s elite in the standings of this year’s Bowl Championship Series, checking in at No. 11 for the second straight week after registering their seventh win of the 2003 season last Saturday against Illinois inside historic Kinnick Stadium
The Hawkeyes totalled 25.60 points to place just behind of No. 10 Georgia which totalled 25.15. Iowa is one of five Big Ten Conference teams included in the elite list that determines the match-ups in the national championship game – the 2004 Nokia Sugar Bowl – in addition to the FedEx Orange Bowl, the Rose Bowl and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Ohio State is in the fifth spot with a point total of 11.47. Michigan is eighth with a point total of 20.79. Purdue (14th) and Michigan State (20th) are also included in the BCS’s 25-team list.
Iowa, the No. 10 team in this week’s Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls, checks in at No. 11 in this week’s Bowl Championship Series standings. The Hawkeyes are one of five Big Ten teams included in the elite list.
Oklahoma and Southern Cal are ranked Nos. 1 and 2 with totals of 2.24 and 7.02, respectively.
Iowa travels to West Lafayette, IN, Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. Iowa time date with nationally ranked Purdue. The game will be televised live by ESPN. Both teams are coming off of victories and both are still eyeing the 2003 Big Ten Conference title.
The Hawkeyes will return to Kinnick Stadium on Nov. 15 to play their final home game of the 2003 season. Iowa will entertain Minnesota on Fan Appreciation Day. In addition to being the final appearance in Kinnick by this year’s senior class, the game is also the annual battle for Floyd of Rosedale, the bronzed pig awarded to the winner of the football game played between the two universities each college football season.
Floyd has been resting comfortably in Iowa City since last year’s Iowa victory in Minneapolis, a win that completed a perfect 8-0 league season for the Hawkeyes.
A limited number of tickets remain for the Iowa-Minnesota game. They can be purchased online at hawkeyesports.com, the official world wide web site of the Iowa Hawkeyes; in person at the UI Athletic Ticket Office in Carver-Hawkeye Arena; or b phone by calling 1-800 IA-HAWKS.