Jan. 8, 2010
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IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa football program has ended its season ranked among the nation’s Top 10 for the fourth time in the last eight years.
Iowa, winners of the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl last Tuesday night in Miami – the programs first victory in a Bowl Championship Series event – ranked No. 7 in the final Associated Press and USA Today Top 25 polls of the 2009 college football season. The Hawkeyes finished the season ranked eighth in 2002, 2003, and 2004.
Kirk Ferentz’s squad, winners of 11 games in 2009, joined Ohio State and Penn State in the Top 10 of each poll. The Big Ten Conference was the only conference to place three teams in among the first 10. Wisconsin finished 16th in both polls.
Iowa has finished among the Top 25 22 times in school history. Iowa’s highest finish was No. 2 in 1958 and 1960. The Hawkeyes ended the 2008 season with a victory over South Carolina in the 2009 Outback Bowl and ranked No. 20 by both AP and USA Today.
Iowa has finished a regular season ranked in the Top 10 four times under Kirk Ferentz.
Iowa’s 11 wins marked the fourth time under Ferentz that the Hawkeyes’ reached double-digit victories. The UI’s 24-14 victory over Georgia Tech was Iowa’s fifth bowl game victory under Ferentz. The list includes victories in the FedEx Orange Bow, the Capital One Bowl, the Outback Bowl twice and the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Fans of the Hawkeye can watch a replay of the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl Sunday at 10 p.m. Iowa time on the Big Ten Network.
Iowa will open its 2010 season against Eastern Illinois on Sept. 4 at historic Kinnick Stadium. That game is the first of seven home games for the Hawkeyes. The schedule also includes dates with Iowa State, Ball State, Penn State, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Ohio State.