With the 2010 college football season only two weeks away, most preseason polls have been launched and dissected.
The Associated Press’ annual preseason poll was the final major preseason college ranking to be released. As no surprise, the Iowa Hawkeyes are ranked in the top ten.
The AP has Iowa selected as the No. 9 team in the country. The Hawkeyes join three other Big Ten teams in the Top 25.
Ohio State leads the conference teams in the polls at No. 2, less than 100 points behind top-ranked Alabama. Wisconsin ranks three spots behind Iowa at No. 12. Penn State comes in at No. 19.
The selection is the highest preseason AP poll ranking for the Hawkeye since the 1985 season.
Iowa fans are quickly realizing that all of the preseason praise comes with a large side-order of stress. As writers and analysts sing Iowa’s praises, expectations mount—as does the pressure to live up to the preseason hype.
The rankings might not equate to much at the end of the season, but they do help add to the overall excitement and anticipation of the upcoming season. September 4, 2010 can't get here fast enough.
Here's a quick look at where Iowa lands on 13 of the top preseason polls in college football:
- No. 5, Playboy
- No. 6, Sports Illustrated
- No. 8, Blue Ribbon Yearbook
- No. 8, NationalChamps.net
- No. 8, Rivals
- No. 9, AP
- No. 9, ESPN
- No. 10, USA Today
- No. 10, Liddy's
- No. 12, Athlon Sports
- No. 13, Sporting News
- No. 14, Phil Steele
- No. 14, Fox Sports
The Hawkeyes are consistently ranked anywhere from No. 5 to No. 15 in every major preseason poll.
Based on these 13 polls, Iowa's average preseason ranking is roughly No. 10 in the country. For the math-inclined, the quotient of the total rankings added together (126) divided by the total number of preseason polls used (13) is 9.69.
The 2010 season is starting off with several preseason honors for the Iowa football team, as well.
The Iowa defensive linemen Adrian Clayborn, Karl Klug, and Broderick Binns, safety Tyler Sash, quarterback Ricky Stanzi, wide receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, and punter Ryan Donahue all appear on some sort of preseason award watch list.
Christian Ballard, Brett Greenwood, Jeremiha Hunter, Shaun Prater, Riley Reiff, and Colin Sandeman were all honored with a mention on a preseason All-Conference or All-American list or two.