Iowa has exceeded expectations all year, they've done several things nobody thought imaginable, they've defeated the odds, and they've already accomplished much more than anyone anticipated. Add another item to the list.
The Iowa Hawkeyes have cracked the top four in the college football rankings that were released by the committee this evening. With Ohio State falling, and Oklahoma State being defeated by Baylor, Kirk Ferentz's group is now ranked fourth in the playoff poll.
Obviously, the top four at the end of the season will secure a spot in the 2015-2016 College Football Playoffs and Iowa, as it has all season, controls their own destiny. Win out, and they'll be playing for college football's biggest prize at the end of the season.
The Hawkeyes trail the country's top three teams, Clemson, Alabama, and Oklahoma, but ahead of Michigan State and Notre Dame. All it will take for the Hawkeyes to advance to a college football semifinal will be a win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln on Friday and a victory in the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. They'll take on the winner of the Big Ten East, likely Michigan State if they are able to knock off Penn State this weekend.
Easier said than done, right? It's still hard to count out this team after everything they've achieved this year. They've gone through the season unscathed so far and have a knack of coming up with the big play to close games out. So at this point, why not the Hawkeyes?