Nov. 24, 2003
Coach Kirk Ferentz’s 2003 Iowa football team continued its climb in the standings in this year’s Bowl Championship Series, jumping six positions into No. 12 after its thrilling regular-season ending victory at Wisconsin last Saturday.
At 9-3 overall and among the nation’s and Big Ten leaders, Iowa may have to wait until Sunday, Dec. 7, when the lineup for this year’s Bowl Championship Series games is announced to learn where it will go bowling this season. The Hawkeyes could be headed to Orlando, Tampa, San Antonio or another destination.
Iowa’s BCS point total of 28.57 ranks slightly behind Florida (23.83). The Hawkeyes are the third highest rated Big Ten Conference team behind Michigan (4th, 10.25) and Ohio State (5th, 14.57). Purdue is the only other Big Ten team included in this week’s BCS list. The Boilermakers are No. 14 (31.98).
The Hawkeyes, 9-3 overall and ranked 12th by ESPN/USA Today and 13th by Associated Press, were boosted in the BCS standings by having a strength of schedule ranking of 15th toughest in the country. Iowa also received a deduction of 0.7 points for its victory over Big Ten champion Michigan.
Oklahoma and Southern Cal stand at Nos. 1 and 2 in this week’s list and would meet in this year’s national championship game – the 2004 Nokia Sugar Bowl – if they remain in those positions.