Iowa Maneuvers Its Way to No. 4 in BCS Standings

B.Senior Analyst IOctober 25, 2009

IOWA CITY, IOWA - NOVEMBER 8: Head Coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes runs his team through pre-game drills before taking on the  Penn State Nittany Lions at Kinnick Stadium on November 8, 2008 in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa defeated Penn State  24-23. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

To go along with their first 8-0 start in school history, the unbeaten Iowa Hawkeyes jumped to No. 4 in the 2009 BCS rankings this week.

This is Iowa's best ranking in the 12-year history of the Bowl Championship Series.

Iowa's previous BCS career high was at the No. 5 position in 2002, a season which lead to an appearance in the 2003 FedEx Orange Bowl.

Florida, Alabama, and Texas remained in the top three positions in the rankings. USC, TCU, and Boise State fall in right behind the Hawkeyes on the list.

Iowa was the No. 1-ranked team in five of the six computer rankings used by the BCS, the result of a very strong schedule. Iowa's opponents have a .633 winning percentage (38-22), the best of any team ranked in the AP Top 10. 

Wins over Arizona and Penn State, two other top 20 BCS teams, along with three tough road victories, also helped the Hawkeyes. 

Two other Big Ten teams accompany Iowa in the BCS standings. Penn State moved up one spot to No. 12 in the standings this week. Ohio State also improved, moving up two spots to No. 17. Wisconsin dropped from the rankings this week after a bye week.

Iowa is ranked seventh in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll and eighth in the USA Today Coaches' poll.

The Hawkeyes hope to continue making history this weekend when they play host to the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday in Iowa City.