The Hawkeyes landed at No. 15 in the final AP Top 25 poll of the season.
It’s the sixth time a Kirk Ferentz Iowa football team has ended up in the top 15 and eighth time in the AP Top 25, joining the 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2015 and 2018 Hawkeyes.
Ohio State led the Big Ten contingent at No. 3, behind national champion LSU and national finalist Clemson.
Penn State, Minnesota and Wisconsin sit at 9-10-11 and you could probably juggle those three teams in any order in those three spots. And I wouldn’t argue if you slotted the 3-loss Hawkeyes at No. 12, right behind the 4-loss Badgers.
But 15 fits.
2019 also marked another year where Iowa passed an overhyped Michigan in the poll. Iowa was 20th and Michigan 7th to start the season.
Look for those rankings to return in next year’s preseason poll. One national writer’s way-too-early 2020 poll revealed before the national championship game had Iowa unranked and Iowa State 10th. It’s cool. I maintain the mainstream sports media learned what leads to clicks and engagement online from watching Colin Cowherd in 2015: Troll Iowa.
Now of course, I know the now-18th-ranked Wolverines beat the Hawkeyes head-to-head, 10-3 in Ann Arbor. I was there.
Iowa’s Holiday Bowl opponent, the formerly No. 22 USC Trojans, dropped out of the poll.
But don’t worry: As one blue blood falls, there’s always another to take its place.
Texas is back… at No. 25 with five losses. Enjoy the offseason.