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Iowa moves up to No. 4 in latest College Football Playoff rankings | KCRG-TV9

Iowa no longer sits on the outside looking in when it comes to the College Football Playoff.

The Hawkeyes (11-0) moved up one spot to No. 4 in the four-team postseason field. Iowa was ranked No. 5 the last two weeks and are the highest-ranked Big Ten squad entering its regular-season finale on Friday at Nebraska.


Prep football: Iowa City Regina beats Western Christian 35-28 in 1A for 6th straight title | Football |

Regina (13-1) won for the 82nd time in its last 84 games, but not until it stopped a Western Christian drive in the final minute.

Western Christian (11-3) recovered a Hunter fumble with 1:13 left and drove to the Regals' 33. But Tyler Kooima, who passed for all four Western Christian touchdowns, threw incomplete on fourth down and Regina survived.

Isaac Vollstedt added 125 yards rushing for Regina, including a 72-yard touchdown run. The Regals piled up 380 yards on the ground against a defense that featured a 6-foot-10 nose guard and had allowed only 21 points in four previous playoff games.


Steven M. Sipple: NU-Iowa showdown too close to call, for now : Latest Husker News

Things I know, and things I think I know:

There's plenty in life to be confused about, but especially this week.

Folks who lean hard on college football recruiting rankings (I try to avoid that crowd) will be perplexed as they try to size up Nebraska's game Friday against undefeated Iowa.

The Hawkeyes (11-0, 7-0 Big Ten) — surprise kings of the West Division — evidently are classic overachievers.


'Spoiler role' among Huskers' motivations vs No. 3 Hawkeyes - Yahoo Sports

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- The stakes for Friday's Iowa-Nebraska game are sure to punch up this young border rivalry.

Third-ranked Iowa is unbeaten and has a legitimate shot to make the College Football Playoff if it wins in Lincoln and in the Big Ten championship game the following week. The Cornhuskers would love nothing more than to ruin Iowa's magical season while winning a sixth game to clinch bowl eligibility.

''It adds another level, that's for sure,'' receiver Lane Hovey said. ''There are a lot of different motivations coming into this game on why we want to win. The spoiler role just adds another dimension to it.''


Kentucky takes over top spot as North Carolina, Kansas take a tumble: AP Top 25 poll (photos) |

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Kentucky has taken over as the No. 1 team in the Associated Press Top 25 men's basketball poll announced today, following two major upsets last week, including previous No. 1 North Carolina losing at Northern Iowa. No. 4 Kansas lost to No. 13 Michigan State.

Kentucky had been No. 2 in last week's poll, but moved up after defeating then No. 5 Duke in the Champions Classic. Kentucky, which led the poll every week last season, received 59 first-place votes, while No. 2 Maryland received six and moved up one spot.

Michigan State climbed from 13th to third this week, while Kansas fell from fourth to fifth. North Carolina dropped to ninth.


Iowa State fires coach Paul Rhoads | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo Sports

Iowa State has fired coach Paul Rhoads, the school announced Sunday.

Rhoads will coach his final game Saturday against West Virginia.

The news comes on the heels of Iowa State’s 38-35 loss to Kansas State on Saturday. The Cyclones allowed 10 points during a 39-second span in the final minute to lose the contest.

The Cyclones are 3-8 this season, but this team is probably one of the most competitive Rhoads has fielded in the past three seasons. Overall, Rhoads finishes his Iowa State career 32-54 with three bowl berths in seven seasons.

The school will owe Rhoads $4.5 million according to the buyout clause in his contract.


Iowa moves to No. 3 in AP Poll | Dr. Saturday - Yahoo Sports

The Iowa Hawkeyes are the new No. 3 team in the AP poll.

The undefeated Hawkeyes moved up three spots from No. 6 after two teams ahead of them lost on Saturday. Iowa also jumped Notre Dame, which moved from No. 5 to No. 4. The Irish had five turnovers in a win over Boston College.

Clemson stayed at No. 1 while Alabama remains at No. 2. Both the Tigers and Tide won easily in Week 12.

Ohio State, which lost to Michigan State, fell to No. 8. The Spartans went to No. 6 from No. 9. Oklahoma, which beat TCU at home thanks to a last-minute two-point conversion by the Horned Frogs that fell short, moved up to No. 5.

Oklahoma State, last week's No. 4 team, is now No. 9. The Cowboys lost to Baylor, which is the new No. 7 in the AP poll. Florida is the last team in the top 10. The Gators dropped from No. 8 thanks to an OT win over Florida Atlantic.

Here is the rest of the AP top 25. Clemson and Iowa are the only two undefeated teams left in FBS college football.

1. Clemson [55 first place votes] (1)
2. Alabama [6] (3)
3. Iowa (6)
4. Notre Dame (5)
5. Oklahoma (7)
6. Michigan State (9)
7. Baylor (10)
8. Ohio State (2)
9. Oklahoma State (4)
10. Florida (8)
11. North Carolina (12)
12. Michigan (14)
13. Stanford (15)
14. Florida State (16)
15. TCU (11)
16. Navy (19)
17. Northwestern (20)
18. Oregon (23)
19. Ole Miss (25)
20. Washington State (24)
21. Houston (13)
22. UCLA (NR)
23. Mississippi State (NR)
24. Toledo (NR)
25. Temple (NR)


Northwestern vs. Wisconsin - Game Recap - November 21, 2015 - ESPN

MADISON, Wis. -- No. 20 Northwestern finished strong, and benefited from a few favorable calls and a slew of Wisconsin mistakes.

It made for a finish that was so wild even Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald was a little stunned.



Ohio State Buckeyes fall apart after losing to Michigan State Spartans and put College Football Playoff hopes in jeopardy

We need to collectively apologize to Baylor.

The Bears aren't the most overrated team in the country. It's actually defending national champion Ohio State, which lost to Michigan State 17-14 at home on Saturday.

Somehow, it took us 12 weeks to figure out the Buckeyes aren't really that good. We weren't the only ones hoodwinked, though. The College Football Playoff selection committee thought so much of the Buckeyes that it ranked them No. 3 in each of the first three top-25 rankings.