Holy krikey, it's 5 in the morning and I haven't been able to sleep! No, I'm not struggling with the loss; something happened to my sleep schedule while tailgating. Maybe it's the alcohol, maybe it's the fact I'm still on West coast time.
Anyways, let me waste some of your precious moments by extending carolinaeasy and millzners' optimistic take on the rest of the season. Looking at the AP and Coaches poll, Iowa entered the top 25 giving the Big Ten 4 teams on the proverbial, yet meaningless, list instead of three. Good for them and good for us, I say.
Now hear me out. I'm speaking purely from the intangible "sexy factor", as opposed to technical/statistic's analysis (who wants to read numbers anyway? Not Mark May), but if you look at conference representation, the Big Ten now has one less than the EESSSS EEEEECCCEEE and the Nintendo 12, one more than the Pac -10 and the ACC, three more than the Big Least and the Mountain West, MAC, etc.
Why does the Iowa entrance into the polls do for us? Well, now we lost to a ranked team - which is fully acceptable (as opposed to USC losing to Washington) and on par with every other top ten school who, in my opinion, will lose at least one game to a ranked opponent. Hopefully they'll lose to an unranked one. And guess what? We have two more ranked teams ahead of us, which if you remember from the preseason polls, we only had two teams (Buckeyes, Nits) representing the conference.
Okay, we can't take the other unranked opponents for granted, and neither can Iowa or anyone else. But at least we're in the mix of things rankings wise. And who knows, we may be one of the few one loss teams, or a handful of two loss teams by the end of the season?
Now three losses, well, then it's the Capital One bowl.