Hawkeyes No. 15 in First BCS Poll
Oct. 17, 2010
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- - The nationally ranked University of Iowa football team is the No. 15 team in the first Bowl Championship Series standings of 2010. The Hawkeyes were the No. 6 team in the first BCS poll of 2009 and climbed as high as No. 4 en route to an appearance in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl where they defeated Georgia Tech.
"Iowa has games at home against Wisconsin, Michigan State and Wisconsin. If the Hawkeyes keep winning, they'll be in the picture," ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit said of Kirk Ferentz's squad.
"There no reason why an Iowa team that played one bad half of football at Arizona -- a pretty good team -- should be penalized," Herbstreit offfered later when he placed the Hawkeyes as the No. 6 team in his BCS Top 10.
Iowa is one of four Big Ten Conference teams included in the BCS standings: Michigan State sits at No. 7, Ohio State is at No. 10, and Wisconsin is the No. 13 team.
Oklahoma, Oregon, Boise State, Auburn and Texas Christian sit in the top five positions. They're followed by Louisiana State, the Spartans, Alabama, Utah and the Buckeyes.
This is Iowa's 33rd total appearance in the BCS poll which is now in its 13th season. This year's BCS schedule is as follows:
Iowa entertains Wisconsin on Saturday at historic Kinnick Stadium. The game will be televised regionally by ABC and on ESPN where it is not available on ABC. Kickoff is set for shortly after 2:30 p.m. Iowa time.
The Hawkeyes are also at home the following week when they entertain Michigan State at Kinnick. That game is the fifth annual "Blackout Saturday" event for the UI.