The meaning is symbolic, but it's notable nonetheless.
For the first time in 2018, Iowa has a nationally ranked football team.
Later Sunday, Iowa jumped into the AP Top 25 at the No. 19 spot — even soaring ahead of Wisconsin, which beat the Hawkeyes on Sept. 22, at No. 23.
Prosperity hasn't been commonplace for the Hawkeyes of late. They reached the AP Top 25 for only one week last year, rising to 25th in the poll of Nov. 5 after beating Ohio State, 55-24. The next week, Iowa was thumped by Wisconsin, and it hasn't been ranked since.
In fact, Iowa hasn't been ranked higher than 25th in the AP poll since losing to North Dakota State in Week 3 of the 2016 season.
The Hawkeyes (5-1 overall, 2-1 Big Ten Conference) return to action at 11 a.m. Saturday against Maryland (4-2, 2-1) at Kinnick Stadium.