Iowa in the Polls: Even, Plus One

Oct. 10, 2010

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Status quo plus one. That’s how the University of Iowa football team stood in the two national college football polls after its bye week.

The Hawkeyes climbed to No. 14 in the USA Today Top 25 and remained at No. 15 in the elite list of Associated Press after enjoying a day off Saturday before turning their attention to a date Saturday with nationally ranked Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. That game will kick off shortly after 2:30 p.m., Iowa time, and will be televised live by ABC.

Iowa is one of five Big Ten Conference teams in the USA Today Top 25. That list includes Ohio State (No. 1), Michigan State (No. 11), the Hawkeyes (No. 14), Wisconsin (No. 16) and Michigan (No. 24). The UI was No. 15 last week.

Kirk Ferentz’s squad is one of four Big Ten teams in the AP list: Ohio State is No. 1, Michigan State is No. 13, the Hawkeyes are No. 15, and Wisconsin is No. 18. Iowa was the AP’s No. 15 team a week ago.

Iowa’s game Oct. 30 against Michigan State is the annual “Blackout Saturday” event.

After its trip to Michigan, Iowa returns to historic Kinnick Stadium for back-to-back games against Wisconsin (Oct. 23) and Michigan State (Oct. 30). The game against MSU is the third and final “colorful” game on the Hawkeyes’ 2010 schedule – it has been designated the annual “Blackout Saturday.”

Iowa closes its home schedule with a game against Ohio State on Nov. 20.