A Little Higher

Oct. 31, 2004

The Iowa Hawkeyes continue to march up the national polls.

Winners of their last four games including the last two on the road, Kirk Ferentz squad are ranked No. 20 in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls this week.

Iowa jumped three spots in the AP poll and gathered 416 points. The Hawkeyes moved four positions in the ESPN/USA Today list and collected 341 points.

Iowa and Purdue square off at 2:30 p.m. (Iowa time) Saturday inside historic Kinnick Stadium. The game will be televised live by ESPN.

Iowa is one of three Big Ten teams included in the two lists. Purdue, the Hawkeyes’ opponent at 2:30 p.m. Saturday inside Kinnick Stadium, fell out of both polls after suffering its third fourth-quarter loss in a row. That game will be televised live by ESPN and begins a stretch of three November games for the Hawkeyes against opponents that are ranked or have been among the nation’s best during the 2004 season.

USC and Oklahoma stand atop both polls. Wisconsin and Michigan are the two highest ranked Big Ten teams. The Badgers are ranked 5th by AP and 4th by ESPN. Michigan is 10th and 9th, respectively. Iowa and Wisconsin meet in Kinnick Stadium on Nov. 20.

Minnesota, Iowa’s opponent on Nov. 13, is not ranked this week.

Iowa defeated Illinois 23-13 last Saturday in Champaign, Ill. That victory ensured a winning season for the Hawkeyes and made the squad eligible for post-season competition for the fourth season in a row. The win was also the 50th victory for Ferentz as a head coach.