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Hawkeye opponents have a .586 winning percentage
The numbers don't lie: University of Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz has one of the top football teams in the nation.
The numbers don't lie: University of Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz has one of the top football teams in the nation.
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Nov. 2, 2009

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    IOWA CITY, Iowa -- It seems popular for national pundits to criticize the University of Iowa football team these days, despite a 9-0 record and a No. 4 ranking in the BCS poll. Many have said the Hawkeyes don't belong on the same board with Florida, Texas, Alabama, Cincinnati, Texas Christian, Oregon or Boise State.

    Iowa's schedule has been rated the seventh-toughest in the nation. Only one team in Big Ten history has defeated Penn State, Michigan State and Wisconsin on the road in the same season (Michigan did it in 1997). The two schools Iowa does not play in the Big Ten this season have the worst overall records in the league (Purdue is 3-6; Illinois is 2-6).

    To say Iowa hasn't played a strong schedule is to be totally misinformed. Take a look at these facts:

    Number of opponents defeated that currently have winning records:

    1. Iowa 6
    2. Cincinnati 4
        Texas Christian 4
    4. Oregon 3
    5. Boise State 2

    Total won-lost records (and winning percentage) of defeated opponents:

    1. Iowa 44-31 .586
    2. Oregon 29-28 .508
    3. Texas Christian 34-33 .507
    4. Cincinnati 30-36 .454
    5. Boise State 27-37 .421

    Total won-lost records of opponents defeated in their home stadiums (i.e. road wins)

    1. Iowa 23-12 .657
    2. Texas Christian 19-14 .575
    3. Cincinnati 21-20 .512
    4. Boise State 14-18 .437
    5. Oregon 6-10 .375

    Number of defeated opponents ranked in current BCS top 25:

    1. Iowa 3 (Penn State, Arizona, Wisconsin)
        Oregon 3 (USC, Utah, California)
    3. Boise State 1 (Oregon)
    4. Cincinnati 1 (South Florida)
    5. Texas Christian 0

    Won-lost records of remaining teams left on schedule:

    1. Iowa 17-10 .629
    2. Oregon 19-12 .612
    3. Cincinnati 19-13 .593
    4. Boise State 20-22 .476
    5. Texas Christian 15-17 .468

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