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Iowa leads Big Ten foursome in BCS standings

10/18/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Iowa jumped to No. 7 in Sunday's AP poll, and the undefeated Hawkeyes are even higher in the initial BCS standings.

The Hawkeyes headline a group of four Big Ten teams in the BCS standings, coming in at No. 6. The computers like Kirk Ferentz's squad, which plays one of the nation's toughest conference road schedules, and give Iowa an average rank of 3, behind only Florida and Alabama. Iowa already has wins against three teams that appear in the initial standings (Penn State, Wisconsin and Arizona).

Penn State comes in at No. 13, and the Lions are predictably hurt by an average computer rank of 17, which stems from the team's soft nonconference schedule.

Ohio State has an even worse computer rank (32), and the Buckeyes appear at No. 19 in the BCS standings, two spots ahead of Wisconsin (No. 21). The Badgers have a strong computer ranking (14) despite not appearing in either the Harris or coaches' polls.