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SportsPulse: Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg discuss the College Football Playoff first ranking and what the committee got right and what they blanked on. USA TODAY

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Iowa State is surging. Iowa is sliding.

The state's two major college football teams have converged in the national ranking that matters most.

The 6-3 Hawkeyes still hold the slightest edge over the 5-3 Cyclones in the second College Football Playoff poll, released late Tuesday evening.

Iowa, losers of two games in a row, including Saturday's 38-36 defeat at Purdue in the final seconds, dropped from 16th in the original ranking released Oct. 30 to 21st, the biggest fall of any team still ranked in the poll.

Iowa State, winners of four games in row, including Saturday's expected 27-3 stomping of Kansas, ticked up from 24th to 22nd.

Neither team is in playoff contentions; however, rankings are important for major bwol consideration, and the Cyclones' Big 12 Conference championship hopes remain in play.

Iowa State and Iowa each have 2:30 p.m. home games this Saturday. The Cyclones host Baylor; the Hawkeyes host Northwestern.

 

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