In 2013, Iowa football is ... No. 81?
And Iowa State is ... No. 92?
I kind of lost track of the Orlando Sentinel's countdown of FBS football teams from 125 to 1 because, well, it's a countdown from 125 to 1.
That's no slap at the Sentinel. Matt Murschel's countdown is filled with good stuff. But once I learned 2013 Iowa opponent Western Michigan was parked at No. 106, I decided to go back to enjoying summer.
However, I tripped through my bookmarks Wednesday afternoon and came upon the Sentinel's countdown. It had been a few weeks since my last visit. You miss a few weeks, you miss a lot.
Iowa State was No. 92. Mathematically, that means the Cyclones barely squeezed into the top three-fourths of all the teams in the country. That's not good. ISU is ranked behind every Big 12 squad but Kansas.
Iowa was No. 81. That's 81st out of 125, and lower than Navy, East Carolina, San Jose State, Louisiana Monroe ... Indiana and Purdue!
Lester Erb was dismissed from the Hawkeyes' coaching staff after last season and hooked on with Nevada, a program that's 10 spots higher than Iowa on the Sentinel's countdown.
The only Big Ten team ranked lower by the Sentinel than Iowa is Illinois, at No. 85.
What does it all mean right now? Zippo, of course. It's not like the Sentinel has the only such countdown. USA TODAY is doing one, too. As of Wednesday, it had gotten up to No. 84. No Iowa yet. Purdue has already surfaced, at 89th. And Illinois is a woeful 110th.
Iowa State, meanwhile, was 87th, nine spots ahead of the lightly regarded Kansas Jayhawks of Crewcut Charlie Weis.
Western Michigan is 98th in the USA TODAY countdown, written by Paul Myerberg. The Broncos must not be very good.
Myerberg picked ISU to go 5-7 last season. He wrote this at the time:
Anyone pegging this team for a three-win season knows nothing about Iowa State football. ... I think that the Cyclones are going to get to five wins in an ugly fashion, beating two or three teams late and knocking off a heavily-favored opponent, but a bowl trip will be hard to achieve
The Cyclones went 6-6 before losing to Tulsa in the Liberty Bowl.
Myerberg had this in his ISU writeup:
— College football's worst rivalry trophies
1. Tiger Rag (LSU-Tulane)
2. Old Oaken Bucket (Indiana-Purdue)
3. Cy-Hawk Trophy (Iowa-Iowa State)
LSU doesn't play Tulane this year and hasn't since 2009. Good thing.