After the Iowa Hawkeyes’ 18-13 win against the Indiana Hoosiers coupled with some unexpected losses on Saturday, Iowa rose to No. 13 in the BCS and the coaches’ poll this week.
Iowa’s Big Ten competitors also jumped in BCS standings this week. The Wisconsin Badgers rose to No. 7; Ohio State climbed to No. 9 and Michigan State sits at No. 11.
Iowa is still in the running for a share of the Big Ten title but with the all the rules and computer rankings, the likelihood of Iowa taking a portion of the title is slim. With its two overall losses and the 31-30 loss against the Wisconsin Badgers, the Hawkeyes need to win their remaining three games and hope that Wisconsin loses if they’re going to have a chance.
I’m still convinced we’ll see a few more upsets this month.
Bowl projections have been tossed around the last few weeks and right now, it looks like Iowa may either go to the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl in Tampa (been there, done that) or the Jan. 4 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Fortunately Hawkeye Nation travels well and if it comes down between Iowa and Ohio State, Iowa may get the nod to travel down to New Orleans. It would be a first for the team to play in the Sugar Bowl.
And on a different note, while Iowa’s win against Indiana was its lowest scoring game of the season, its true freshman kicker Mike Meyer’s efforts led the Hawkeyes to a win and the Big Ten Player of the Week for Special Teams honors. The green kicker had four field goals including a 23-yarder, two 27-yarders and a career long of 42 yards. With Meyer’s 42-yarder in the fourth quarter, Iowa came within one point of the Hoosiers (13-12). Meyer’s points accounted for Iowa’s 12 of 18 total points.
Do the Hawkeyes have their next Nate Kaeding? Meyer is the first Iowa freshman kicker to hit four field goals in a game since Kaeding did against Penn State in 2000 for a double overtime win (26-23).
Meyer joins five other Iowa players to earn a weekly Big Ten honor this season.
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Written by Debbie Baratz