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Kirk Ferentz Criticizes Final Coaches Poll

Kirk Ferentz makes a play call.

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes directs play against the LSU Tigers January 1, 2014 in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Kirk Ferentz doesn't vote in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

This year's final Top 25, which came out after the national championship (and an Iowa bowl win) illustrates why the long-tenured Hawkeyes coach refuses to do so.

Iowa hit a mid-season rut, but finished the year strong.

After a three-game losing streak in late October/early November knocked Iowa out of Big Ten West contention, the team rebounded to beat Illinois 63-0 and hold off a red hot Nebraska team 31-28 to finish the season 8-4.

The Hawkeyes earned an Outback Bowl bid, and knocked off No. 18 Mississippi State, 27-22.

Even after that bowl win, Iowa missed being ranked in the final Coaches Poll, coming in as the top team in the "others receiving votes" category.

Kirk Ferentz criticized the Coaches Poll, pointing to the fact that Mississippi State is ranked ahead of Iowa to end the season.

The Bulldogs fell to No. 25, one spot ahead of an Iowa team that beat them.

From HawkCentral:

“That’s a great illustration of why I don’t vote or chose not to vote in that. … The only guys that would be good at evaluating the top 25 are coaches that watch a lot of TV and I don’t know many of them,” Ferentz said.

“For me to talk about anybody on the West Coast or the Big 12 during the season, I’d be fabricating. I don’t know if anybody realizes we actually played Mississippi State in the bowl game. We beat them. And I’m a coach, so the way my mind works is they were 18th. We’ve got a better record than them. We beat them. Why aren’t we 18th? That’s how my simple mind would work. I would put us at 18. But I think it just illustrates people don’t really look at what they’re doing.”

The final AP Poll was more kind to the Hawkeyes, putting them in at No. 25, while Mississippi State finished third in "also receiving votes."