College football rankings: Kirk Ferentz shares why he doesn't care about preseason polls
College football preseason rankings are out as we near the kickoff of the 2022 season. Kirk Ferentz’s Iowa squad is not a top 25 team according to the sport’s coaches and Associated Press poll voters.
When last week’s Coaches Poll came out, Ferentz brushed off the snub.
“It’s like, oh, gosh, oh, gee. It’s one of those deals. I think you guys know how I feel about preseason polls,” Ferentz told reporters at Iowa’s Media Day. “You talk about a waste of time, with all due respect. And that was a coaches’ poll, so I can say that and not offend anybody in the media. I do have feelings on that, too, opinions about coaches versus media. I wonder how many coaches actually do the polls.”
It’s safe to say Ferentz also isn’t concerned about being left out of Monday’s AP Top 25. The Hawkeyes were third in the Other’s Receiving Votes an effective No. 28 ranking. Ferentz is months away from looking at rankings.
“The bottom line is what’s really important is where you are in January,” Ferentz said. “That’s still all that counts. Those polls really don’t start I don’t think getting it right until probably November, somewhere in there.”
For now, Ferentz is just focused on Week 1. Later in the season, he might give the rankings a look.
“But it’s all about — like it’s a long season, and, yeah, right now it’s just about us trying to get ready for South Dakota State. That will be a challenge,” Ferentz said. “But right now really it’s more about this football team, and that’s what we’re trying to do is get our team better and maximize our opportunities here at least through these first 20 days, and then maybe we’ll start looking down the road a little bit.