Hawkeyes Sit 15th in BCS Standings

The National Football Foundation released its first Bowl Championship Series standings of the season on Sunday night. The Hawkeyes checked in at No. 15, the fourth-best showing by a Big Ten team.

Kirk Ferentz will be asked about it by the media on Tuesday and the Iowa coach will kindly explain that it means little at this point of the season. Polls, rankings, statistics, all are fodder for the fans and journalists. Wake him up when it's mid-November.

The Hawkeyes sit at 15th in the BCS Standings after they were released for the first time this season on Sunday night by the National Football Foundation. Michigan State (seven), Ohio State (10) and next week's Iowa opponent, Wisconsin (13), were Big Ten teams that came in ahead of the Black and Gold.

In addition to getting the Badgers at home next weekend, Iowa also plays host to Michigan State and Ohio State this season. The Hawkeyes appear to control their own destiny as far as the conference title and automatic Rose Bowl berth are concerned. Of course, we knew that before the standings came out.

The computer ranking component of the BCS formula seems to be hurting the Hawkeyes to date. They're 18th in the world-renowned Colley Matrix and 19th in something called the Anderson & Hester.

Here's a look at the first BCS Standings with a breakdown of components.

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