Nov. 8, 2004

Nineteens and 20s are wild…at least this week for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Coach Kirk Ferentz’s squad has checked in at No. 20 in this week’s Bowl Championship Series standings, fractions of points behind Louisiana State, Virginia Tech and Miami.

Iowa, winners of its last five games heading into this week’s date with Minnesota in Minneapolis, were No. 21 last week.

Iowa is one of only three Big Ten Conference teams included in this week’s standings for the Bowl Championship Series.

The Hawkeyes are one of three Big Ten teams in the list. Co-league leader Wisconsin is No. 5 for the second straight week and the league’s other co-leader, Michigan, moved up two positions to No. 9.

Southern California, Oklahoma, Auburn and California are Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Iowa was credited with .3254 points, roughly one-third of what the BCS’ top team was credited with after the calculations were complete.

Iowa and Minnesota will play this year’s battle for Floyd of Rosedale before a national television audience. Game time in the Metrodome Saturday is set for shortly after 11 and ESPN will be in the house.

ESPN will follow the Hawkeyes home to Iowa City, too. The Big Ten announced earlier today that ESPN will televise Iowa’s regular season finale against Wisconsin at 3:30 p.m. Iowa time. Iowa will be looking to extend its winning streak inside historic Kinnick Stadium to 18 when the hook up with the Badgers in the first game that gives the victors ownership of the new “Heartland Trophy.”