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Blatant snub for Hawkeyes in coaches’ football poll?

[ 0 ] July 31, 2014 |

The Iowa football team was unranked when the season’s initial major poll was released Thursday.

The Hawkeyes were left out of the top 25 of the 2014 season’s first Amway Coaches Poll. They were eighth among “others receiving votes” — or No. 33 overall — and listed behind five Big Ten Conference programs, including two they beat a year ago.

Florida State was No. 1 overall, Alabama No. 2 and Oklahoma No. 3.

Big Ten teams ranked ahead of the Hawkeyes included Ohio State (sixth), Michigan State (eighth), Wisconsin (14th) and Nebraska (22nd).

Michigan (32nd) also received more votes than Kirk Ferentz’s team that went 8-5 a year ago and lost to LSU in the Outback Bowl.

The Hawkeyes were picked to finish second in the Big Ten West Division, according to a media poll released last week, and are seen as a potential darkhorse to win the conference title.

“There’s definitely potential on this team,” running back Mark Weisman said. “The best Iowa teams are playing their best football in November.”

The Hawkeyes won their final three games last November — including victories against Michigan and Nebraska — after enduring a 4-8 season in 2012.

“We need to have the same mentality we had after that 4-8 season, be a hungry football team,” Weisman said. “If we’re not as hungry, shame on us.”

The poll snub — and it will be seen as a snub to some, considering the high expectations for Iowa this fall — is unlikely to cause much public buzz among Hawkeye players.

“I couldn’t care less,” Weisman said of preseason polls. “Even during the season, it doesn’t matter, as long as we’re getting wins and improving.”

Here is the breakdown of others’ receiving votes (with 2013 season record): Missouri (12-2) 126; Florida (4-8) 122; Central Florida (12-1) 102; Mississippi State (7-6) 74; Oklahoma State (10-3) 56; TCU (4-8) 54; Michigan (7-6) 53; Iowa (8-5) 49; Miami (Fla.) (9-4) 45; Duke (10-4) 41; Louisville (12-1) 32; Marshall (10-4) 27; Brigham Young (8-5) 18; Boise State (8-5) 13; Louisiana-Lafayette (9-4) 12; Virginia Tech (8-5) 12; Texas Tech (8-5) 8; Cincinnati (9-4) 6; Minnesota (8-5) 6; Northwestern (5-7) 5; Fresno State (11-2) 4; Oregon State (7-6) 4; GeorgiaTech (7-6) 2; Houston (8-5) 2; Arizona (8-5) 1; Arkansas (3-9) 1; Northern Illinois (12-2) 1.

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Category: Big Ten, Iowa Hawkeyes Football

About Andrew Logue: Andrew has been with the Des Moines Register for 19 years, covering everything from preps to Hawkeye and Cyclone sports, as well as the Drake Relays. View author profile.

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