AP ranks Hawkeyes college football's 25th-best program

Chad Leistikow

Historically speaking, Iowa has the 25th-best college football program in the nation, according to the Associated Press.

The AP on Tuesday revealed its top 100 programs for the first time, basing its order of finish on 1,103 polls over 80 years. The scoring system also awarded bonus points for No. 1 rankings (which Iowa has held seven times) and national championships.

Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Alabama and Southern California comprised the top five.

Iowa's marching band performs prior to the 2016 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The Hawkeyes have appeared in six Rose Bowls.

Current Big Ten Conference programs hold down seven spots in the Top 25, with Ohio State, Nebraska (sixth), Michigan (seventh), Penn State (12th), Michigan State (19th), Wisconsin (24th) and Iowa.

The Hawkeyes’ best decade was the 1980s (appearing in 46.58 percent of the polls) after going without a poll appearance in the 1970s.

Expect Iowa to add a rating when the AP’s preseason poll comes out later this month. The Hawkeyes finished last season with a No. 9 final AP ranking and return top stars C.J. Beathard and Desmond King.

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