AP and Coaches Polls

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It's happened again. Iowa is sitting behind teams that they beat. Now, if Iowa had a worse record, then that would be understandable. But why you would rank Penn State and Wisconsin!? ahead of Iowa is beyond me.

Let's see...just looking quickly at a couple of key games. Iowa at Penn State: Iowa wins. Iowa at Wisconsin: Iowa wins. Ohio State at Penn State: Ohio State wins BIG. Wisconsin at Ohio State: Ohio State wins BIG. Iowa at Ohio State: Ohio State barely wins in overtime. So, all 4 of these Big Ten teams have 2 losses...and what is the logical order? It's pretty clear to me it should be Ohio State and Iowa first and second respectively, then PSU and Wisconsin.

Iowa comes in a #15 in the AP poll (OSU #9, PSU #13, Wisc #17) and is the same (#15) in Coaches poll (OSU #8, PSU #12, Wisc #14). Iowa is the lowest ranked BSC team with only 2 losses by the coaches. The only rational explanation I can come up with is that they didn't want to move Iowa up with a loss (the Hawks were #15 last week in the AP).

The BCS standings should be out later tonight, so it will be very interesting to see where Iowa falls. They just need to be in the top 14 to be eligible for a BCS at large bid and that seems likely at this point (I think the computers will still like Iowa well enough).
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