IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa is No. 25 in the Associated Press poll, but not ranked in the Amway Coaches Poll. The Hawkeyes are two spots, and 24 votes, shy of a spot in the poll.
Iowa is the definition of a fringe poll team. With the College Football Playoff rankings set to be released on Tuesday, the question is will the upset of previously No. 6 Ohio State be enough to vault the Hawkeyes into the rankings?
College Football Playoff projections: Iowa
Iowa is very likely to be one of the last five teams in the rankings or one of the first five teams left out. The Land of 10 CFP projections place the Hawkeyes at No. 23.
Iowa’s best argument for being ranked is the way it manhandled Ohio State, 55-24, last Saturday. The Hawkeyes, 21½-point underdogs, outclassed their opponent. The victory over the Buckeyes is one of the best in the country this season, and the selection committee will view it positively.
Ohio State is a talented team and advanced stats still love the Buckeyes, ranking them as high as No. 2 nationally, even after the Iowa game.
The Hawkeyes also hold a win over No. 15 Iowa State. That will matter to the committee as well. The Cyclones, after losing 20-16 to West Virginia on Saturday, will slide down the rankings but are likely to stay in the top 25.
The committee has a history of rewarding teams with strong strength of schedules, which Iowa has. The Hawkeyes have played four teams that were ranked last week, and a fifth, No. 9 Wisconsin, is on the slate this week.
The three losses in Iowa’s 6-3 record are the biggest reason to keep the team out of the rankings. There is no shame in losing to No. 7 Penn State on a last-second touchdown or to No. 24 Michigan State on the road. The loss at Northwestern, a team the committee is unlikely to rank, is tougher to explain, though, it did come without starting linebacker Josey Jewell and safety Brandon Snyder.
The inconsistent nature of the team through the first two months, especially on offense, also could be a negative mark against the Hawkeyes.
With three games left, there is plenty of time for Iowa to prove it not only belongs in the rankings but deserves a spot higher than No. 25. The trip to Wisconsin this week proves the same kind of opportunity the Ohio State win did — the potential for a victory that will grab the committee’s attention.
Was the Ohio State win enough to do it for this upcoming set of rankings?
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