The unbeaten Hawkeyes continued their rise.

After improving to 9-0 for the first time since 2009, Iowa once again climbed in the Associated Press poll. The Hawkeyes are all the way up to No. 8, which is their highest ranking since that Orange Bowl season.

Saturday saw Iowa fend off one of the B1G’s most potent offensive attacks and earn a 35-27 victory in Bloomington.

The Hawkeyes still control their own destiny to win a B1G West title and advance to their first conference championship. They can earn their best start of the Kirk Ferentz era with a win against Minnesota next week.

Iowa had plenty of company in the B1G.

The conference’s only other remaining unbeaten, Ohio State, fell to No. 2 after beating Minnesota 28-14. Iowa leapfrogged Michigan State, which suffered its first loss of the year at Nebraska and fell to No. 14. Michigan inched closer to the  top 10 and came in at No. 15 following a thrashing of Rutgers. Northwestern and Wisconsin also earned spots back in the top 25  for the first time since they both lost to Iowa.

The B1G was the only conference with six B1G teams in the top 25. It was the first time it led the nation in top-25 teams.