IOWA CITY, Iowa — Back-to-back losses have the Iowa football team reeling in the Land of 10 Power Poll.
The Hawkeyes (3-2, 0-2 Big Ten) dropped from fifth to eighth Sunday in the latest poll after a 17-10 loss to Michigan State on Saturday. It was the Hawkeyes’ second consecutive defeat after starting the season 3-0.
The Hawkeyes struggled to get their ground game going, rushing for only 19 yards on 25 carries. A pair of fumbles in Michigan State territory doomed Iowa’s chances of beating the Spartans.
It’s also the second straight week Iowa has failed to rush for 100 yards. Since 2015, the Hawkeyes are 23-1 when rushing for at least 100 yards, 0-8 when they do not.
“It’s a different circumstance in every game and every team,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “Penn State did a good job last week stopping the run. They were very aggressive. This outfit [Michigan State] has been good against the run. They’re built on stopping the run.”
I voted Iowa sixth this week, just behind the Spartans. For all of the Hawkeyes’ woes, Indiana still has lost to a pair of league opponents by a combined 94-35 total, Purdue fell by 18 points at home to Michigan, Maryland lost to Central Florida 38-10 on Sept. 23, and Minnesota lost to the Terrapins at home on Saturday. Every team has a rough loss and the Hawkeyes have dropped 2 games by nine total points, including a 21-19 heartbreaker to Penn State. They’re far from perfect but still have a better résumé.
Penn State remains the No. 1 team, followed by Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Land of 10 Power Poll
1. Penn State: 169 (all 13 first-place votes)
2. Ohio State: 149
3. Michigan: 145
4. Wisconsin: 134
5. Maryland: 107
6. Michigan State: 101
7. Minnesota: 81
8. Iowa: 79
9. Indiana: 57
10. Purdue: 54
11. Northwestern: 50
12. Nebraska: 35
13. Illinois: 22
14. Rutgers: 0
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