Iowa Rises to 18th in AP and Coaches Polls

By RossWB on October 22, 2018 at 9:30 am
Get outta here.

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A week after entering the polls for the first time in 11 months, Iowa made sure they stayed around with a decisive 23-0 throttling of Maryland. Unfortunately, a win over the Terps doesn't move the needle a ton and there weren't too many losses by Top 25 teams yesterday, so the usual poll inertia prevented them from moving up much in the polls. Iowa moved up one spot from #19 to #18 in the AP poll and up four spots from #22 to #18 in the Coaches Poll. 

AP Poll
RANK TEAM RECORD PTS 1st VOTES PREV CHANGE
1 ALABAMA 8-0 1525 61 1
2 CLEMSON 7-0 1454 3 +1
3 NOTRE DAME 7-0 1400 4 +1
4 LOUISIANA STATE 7-1 1327 5 +1
5 MICHIGAN 7-1 1250 7 +1
6 TEXAS 6-1 1186 6 +1
7 GEORGIA 6-1 1136 8 +1
8 OKLAHOMA 6-1 1065 9 +1
9 FLORIDA 6-1 998 11 +2
10 CENTRAL FLORIDA 7-0 996 10
11 OHIO STATE 7-1 985 2 -9
12 KENTUCKY 6-1 754 14 +2
13 WEST VIRGINIA 5-1 747 13
14 WASHINGTON STATE 6-1 692 25 +11
15 WASHINGTON 6-2 677 15
16 TEXAS A&M 5-2 622 17 +1
17 PENN STATE 5-2 528 18 +1
18 IOWA 6-1 489 19 +1
19 OREGON 5-2 450 12 -7
20 WISCONSIN 5-2 357 23 +3
21 SOUTH FLORIDA 7-0 291 21
22 NC STATE 5-1 186 16 -6
23 UTAH 5-2 180 23
24 STANFORD 5-2 144 24
25 APPALACHIAN STATE 5-1 79 NR

Unsurprisingly, Ohio State was the biggest loser in this week's AP Poll, dropping 11 spots after they got thumped by Purdue on Saturday night. Washington State was the biggest gainer, moving up 11 spots after their upset win over Oregon on Saturday night. OSU's loss leaves the Big Ten with just one team in the Top Ten (Michigan at #5), though it has four teams between 11 and 20 (#11 Ohio State, #17 Penn State, #18 Iowa, and #20 Wisconsin).  

USA Today Coaches Poll
RANK TEAM RECORD PTS 1st VOTES PREV CHANGE
1 ALABAMA 8-0 1548 60 1
2 CLEMSON 7-0 1488 2 3 +1
3 NOTRE DAME 7-0 1409 4 +1
4 LOUISIANA STATE 7-1 1352 5 +1
5 MICHIGAN 7-1 1228 7 +2
6 GEORGIA 6-1 1207 6
7 TEXAS 6-1 1146 8 +1
8 OKLAHOMA 6-1 1075 10 +2
9 OHIO STATE 7-1 1030 2 -7
10 CENTRAL FLORIDA 7-0 1008 9 -1
11 FLORIDA 6-1 968 12 +1
12 WEST VIRGINIA 5-1 794 13 +1
13 WASHINGTON 6-2 729 14 +1
14 KENTUCKY 6-1 689 17 +3
15 WASHINGTON STATE 6-1 633 23 +8
16 PENN STATE 5-2 606 16
17 TEXAS A&M 5-2 583 18 +1
18 IOWA 6-1 447 22 +4
19 WISCONSIN 5-2 430 19
20 SOUTH FLORIDA 7-0 390 20
21 OREGON 5-2 383 11 -10
22 NC STATE 5-1 222 15 -7
23 STANFORD 5-2 180 24 +1
24 UTAH 5-2 107 NR +9
25 MIAMI 5-2 95 NR +1

There's not much difference in the AP and Coaches Polls, although the coaches didn't dump Ohio State quite as far (down seven spots to #9). Washington State was the big positive mover, jumping eight spots to #15. OSU's softer landing in the Coaches Poll means the Big Ten retains two teams in the Top Ten (#5 Michigan and #9 OSU), while having three teams in the 11-20 range (#16 Penn State, #18 Iowa, #19 Wisconsin). 

As was the case last week, many of the computers continue to like Iowa more than the human pollsters. 

They're also #12 in ESPN's FPI and Bill Connelly's Resume S&P+, though just #21 in Bill's standard S&P+ rankings

Should Iowa be ranked a bit higher than #18 in the traditional rankings? Probably. But if they keep winning things ought to take care of themselves on that front. Keep on trucking, Hawkeyes. 

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