2009 Iowa Hawkeyes and The BCS

Justin QuandtContributor IOctober 26, 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)

                The 2009 Iowa Hawkeye Football team has made history.  This season has a lot of beginnings, a lot of potential, and IF Iowa wins out, I believe they will have a shot at the national title (if that doesn’t bring chills to Iowa fans, then what will!?).   Reasons for Iowa making it to the championship game would include:  Iowa has the 28th toughest schedule (according to Phil Steele’s preseason).  (1) Florida has the 34th toughest, (2) Alabama has the 68th toughest, (3) Texas has the 40th toughest, and to round off the top 5, (5) USC has the 17th toughest.  With the top 4 teams in the BCS standings all being undefeated, Iowa and Alabama the only two 8-0 teams, why should Iowa not be ahead of Florida, Alabama, Texas, and USC?  Iowa beat Northern Iowa (17-16, 2 blocked field goals…), at Iowa State (35-3),  Arizona (27-17), at Penn State (21-10), Arkansas State (24-21), Michigan (30-28), at Wisconsin (20-10), and at Michigan State (15-13).  There is definitely a reason the computers like Iowa, that reason is….  Computers are NOT bias!  Yeah it took Iowa 2 blocked field goals to beat a good Northern Iowa team, and yeah Iowa had to put together a 70-yard drive with 1:37 to go, but they won.  Ricky Stanzi had arguably the best drive of his career to date, which is the reason Iowa came out with a “W” in a tough atmosphere for the 3rd time this year. 

                A lot of people argue that Iowa gets “lucky”.  My answer:  Iowa puts themselves in a place to win at the end of the game, unlike recent past years, Iowa has won.  A lot of people also argue that the Big Ten is overrated.  Well, who isn’t overrated?  USC LOST at Washington, Florida had a close one against Arkansas, and again against Miss. State (with a little help from the officials I may add), and Alabama had a close one with Tennessee.  Texas had a close game with Oklahoma, a defensive battle, but still a win.  How can you say that these three teams should be ahead of Iowa?  Strength of schedule sais differently, the computer sais differently, but more importantly Iowa is 8-0 and IF they win out, they should absolutely yes have a chance in the title game.  Iowa still plays Indiana, Northwestern (which Iowa always struggles against), at Ohio State, and Minnesota.  If Iowa wins out, no matter what the final score or how they get there, they should be in the title game.  Some people also argue that Iowa has a weak out of conference strength of schedule.  Who doesn’t!  You be the judge…  Iowa’s out of conference schedule:  UNI, AT Iowa State, Arizona, and Arkansas State.  Florida’s out of conference schedule:  Charleston Southern, Troy, FIU, and Florida State.  Alabama’s out of conference schedule:  AT Virginia Tech, FIU, North Texas, and Tennessee-Chatanooga.  Texas’ out of conference schedule:  ULM (University of Louisiana at Monroe, AT Wyoming, Utep, and UCF.  I would say they all look pretty weak, aside from Va. Tech and Arizona, there is no one! 

                Iowa has the toughest schedule out of anyone in the top 5, aside from USC.  However, USC lost to Washington, and in my opinion should not be in the top 5, maybe not even the top 10.  There are a lot of facts that point to Iowa being number 1.  I believe that IF, and only IF Iowa wins out, they deserve a shot at the title.  After all, when you put all the facts into a non-bias computer, they come out to be number 1!  What If....