The Iowa football season is just around the corner, and the Hawkeyes begin the year ranked 18th in both the AP and Coaches polls, and Iowa plays four teams currently ranked in the initial Top 25 polls.
This is the third consecutive season Iowa has been ranked in the preseason AP Poll, tying the second longest such streak in school history. The longest stretch was five seasons, between 1957-1961. This streak matches 2004-2006, 1987-1989 and 1983-1985. Iowa was ranked 24th in the preseason poll last year before losing its first two games and finished the year ranked 16th. Should Iowa finish this season ranked in the Top 25, it would be the fourth-straight season where Iowa finished a season ranked in the Top 25, which would be the second longest streak in school history, behind five consecutive seasons in 1983-1987. Currently, there have been three spans of three years, which are tied for second: 2018-2020, 2002-2004 and 1956-1958.
I will admit to being surprised by both these ‘record’ streaks. I would have assumed they were higher.
Iowa has now been ranked 44 years out of 86 seasons (if we count the 2021 ranking and ‘season’ already.
Since the 2001 season, which was the true dawn of the Kirk Ferentz era, Iowa has the 20th best winning percentage among all FBS teams and the 16th best winning percentage among teams that were a part of a Power Five conference during the past 20 seasons. Iowa is now ahead of Michigan’s winning percentage in both categories but behind Ohio State (#1), Wisconsin (#12) and Penn State (#18). Iowa has won 65.3% of its games since the start of the 2001 season.
Since Hayden Fry took over the moribund Hawkeye program in 1979, Iowa has the 26th best winning percentage overall and and the 23rd best winning percentage among teams that play in a Power 5 league.