The first College Football Playoff Top 25 was revealed on Wednesday, and Iowa football debuted at No. 24 in the rankings.
On the same week head coach Kirk Ferentz notched his 100th career victory in Big Ten play, the Iowa football team debuted at No. 24 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings. The Hawkeyes were not previously ranked at any point in the Associated Press Top 25 this season.
After starting the season 0-2, the Hawkeyes have won three straight games in impressive fashion. Iowa has outscored opponents 125-35 over it’s last three contests after losing their first two games by a combined five points.
At 3-2, the Hawkeyes have the lowest winning percentage (.600) of any team in the rankings. Iowa is also one of just four teams with only three wins or less to be included in the Top 25.
The Hawks have three regular season games remaining; at home against Nebraska, on the road at Illinois, and at home against Wisconsin.
Other Big Ten teams in the initial College Football Playoff rankings include No. 4 Ohio State, No. 8 Northwestern, No. 12 Indiana and No. 16 Wisconsin. Additionally, rival Iowa State is ranked No. 13.