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Iowa to start 2011 season unranked

Posted on 20. Aug, 2011 by in Iowa Football

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By Brendan Stiles

HawkeyeDrive.com

After opening last season ranked ninth nationally, the Iowa Hawkeyes will start 2011 unranked, marking the first time they begin a season outside the AP top 25 since 2008.

Four Big Ten teams enter 2011 ranked. The league’s newest member, Nebraska, is the lone top 10 team coming in at No. 10. Wisconsin, who played in the Rose Bowl last season, is 11th. Michigan State comes in at No. 17 following an 11-2 season, and Ohio State is ranked 18th in the initial poll.

Iowa was one of four Big Ten teams to receive votes, however. Penn State is 27th with 115 points, Iowa 32nd with 19 points, Michigan 38th with seven points, and Northwestern tied for 46th with one point.

Here’s the complete AP Top 25:

1. Oklahoma

2. Alabama

3. Oregon

4. LSU

5. Boise State

6. Florida State

7. Stanford

8. Texas A&M

9. Oklahoma State

10. Nebraska

11. Wisconsin

12. South Carolina

13. Virginia Tech

14. TCU

15. Arkansas

16. Notre Dame

17. Michigan State

18. Ohio State

19. Georgia

20. Mississippi State

21. Missouri

22. Florida

23. Auburn

24. West Virginia

25. USC

*Please note that all stories written this season will be based off AP rankings for teams.

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