Coaches Poll Slots Hawkeyes 10th

Aug. 5, 2005

The first major college football poll has been released and the Iowa Hawkeyes are ranked 10th in the USA Today Coaches poll released Friday.

Iowa’s ranking is its highest preseason ranking since 1985 where the Hawkeyes were ranked No. 3 by USA Today and No. 4 by the Associated Press. Iowa was ranked No. 12 by USA Today and No. 19 by the AP in last season’s preseason polls.

The Hawkeyes are one of three Big Ten teams ranked in the top 10. Michigan is ranked fourth and Ohio State ninth. Iowa opens Big Ten play against the ninth-ranked Buckeyes in Columbus on Sept. 24, while the Hawkeyes host the fourth-ranked Wolverines Oct. 22 in Kinnick Stadium.Purdue is the fourth league team in the poll, checking in at No. 16.

Defending national champion USC is ranked first, collecting all but two first place votes. The Southeastern Conference boasts the most teams ranked with six. Tennessee is ranked No. 3, followed by sixth-ranked LSU, 11th-ranked Florida, 13th-ranked Georgia, 15th-ranked Auburn and 24th-ranked Alabama.

Iowa is ranked high in a number of preseason publications. The Hawkeyes are ranked second by cbssportsline.com, third by Athlon, sixth by Gold Sheet, 10th by Blue Ribbon and The Sporting News, 13th by Street & Smith, 14th by Phil Steele and 15th by Lindy.

The Hawkeyes open their 2005 season Sept. 3 vs. Ball State in Kinnick Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. and the game is televised regionally on ESPN Plus and is also part of the ESPN GamePlan pay-per-view service.

Rank	Team	         Record	Points1.	USC (60)	         13-0	1,5472.	Texas (2)	         11-1	1,4053.	Tennessee	         10-3	1,2594.	Michigan	         9-3	1,2425.	Oklahoma	         12-1	1,2236.	LSU	         9-3	1,1097.	Virginia Tech	10-3	1,0908.	Miami	         9-3	1,0809.	Ohio State	8-4	1,03310.	IOWA	         10-2	1,01411.	Florida	         7-5	91012.	Florida State	9-3	87913.	Georgia	         10-2	83814.	Louisville	11-1	75815.	Auburn	         13-0	72316.	Purdue	         7-5	61617.	Texas A&M	         7-5	36618.	Arizona State	9-3	30419.	Boise State	11-1	30320.	California	10-2	29321.	Texas Tech	8-4	24722.	Boston College	9-3	23723.	Virginia	         8-4	21024.	Alabama	         6-6	19425.	Pittsburgh	8-4	193

Records listed are from 2004.