Holding Steady

Nov. 28, 2004

The Iowa Hawkeyes remained ranked Nov. 12 by the Associated Press and No. 14 by USA Today/ESPN when the votes were talllied Sunday in the weekly college football polls.

Iowa is the highest ranked Big Ten Conference team in the AP polls, coming in two slots ahead of Michigan, five positions ahead of Wisconsin and 13 places ahead of Ohio State.

The Hawkeyes are right behind Michigan in the coaches poll after the Wolverines slipped on position from 12th to 13th this week. Wisconsin (17th) and Ohio State (22nd) are also included in the USA Today list.

USC, Oklahoma and Auburn continue to be ranked Nos. 1-2-3 in both polls. California, Texas and Utah are the next three in each.

Louisiana State, one of Iowa’s potential opponents in the 2005 Capital One Bowl on New Year’s Day in Orlando, moved up one position to 13th in the Associated Press poll after having registered a solid victory at Arkansas on Saturday. The Tigers are No. 12 in this week’s USA Today poll — the same position they held last week.

A victory in its bowl game could send the Hawkeyes into the Top 10 in both polls for the third time in three seasons.

Iowa will likely learn its bowl opponent on Saturday when the Southeastern Conference stages its championship game in Atlanta. Auburn and Tennessee, ranked 15th in both polls, square off with the winner advancing to the Bowl Championship Series as the SEC’s automatic representative and the loser being among the SEC schools from which the Capital One Bowl will make its selection.

Georgia, ranked 7th in the USA Today list and 8th in the AP poll, is another SEC team in the mix for an invitation to Orlando.