Hawkeyes columnkst Chad Leistikow lays down his predictions for how he thinks teams will fare in the Big Ten Conference this season. Aaron Young
The Iowa football team is ranked 15th in the initial coaches’ poll of the 2016 season.
The Hawkeyes are one of four Big Ten Conference teams in the poll but the only one from the West Division — trailing No. 5 Ohio State, No. 8 Michigan and No. 11 Michigan State of the East.
Alabama is ranked No. 1. Clemson, Oklahoma and Florida State are the next three.
It is the first time Iowa has been ranked in the preseason coaches’ poll since 2010, when the Hawkeyes were No. 10. That was the season after Iowa went 11-2 and won the Orange Bowl to finish 10th in the final coaches’ poll. The Hawkeyes went 8-5 in 2010 and were unranked at season’s end.
Iowa started last season 12-0 and got as high as third in the coaches’ poll before dropping its final two games. The Hawkeyes were No. 10 in the final poll.
The Associated Press preseason poll will be released Aug. 21.
Iowa opens its season Sept. 3 by hosting Miami of Ohio.