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IOWA CITY — When someone asked Kirk Ferentz at Iowa’s media day about not being ranked in the preseason coaches poll, his reaction hardly elicited a surprise.
“I think you guys know how I feel about preseason polls,” Ferentz said. “You talk about a waste of time, with all due respect.”
The feeling seems to be mutual in this year’s preseason polls.
The first Associated Press Poll of the season had the Hawkeyes receiving votes, but not ranked.
With the third-most votes among unranked teams, Iowa is unofficially No. 28 to start the season.
Monday’s poll broke a three-year streak of Iowa being tabbed for the AP’s preseason Top 25. Before that, Iowa missed the preseason poll in seven of eight years from 2010-17.
The preseason AP Top 25 has had a limited correlation to the Hawkeyes’ postseason success.
Iowa has been in the preseason poll nine times in Ferentz’s 23 years as head coach. In four of those nine seasons, Iowa did not end the year ranked.
Iowa also has gone from unranked in the preseason AP Top 25 to ranked in the final poll five times in the Ferentz era.
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