It’s been 51 years since Indiana football last entered the regular season ranked inside the top 25.
51 years and counting.
Given all the production returning from last fall’s eight-win team, it seemed Indiana had a shot to open the season inside the top 25. Instead, the Hoosiers picked up only one (1) vote in the Amway Coaches Poll released Thursday.
Should IU do its part on the field — assuming there are opportunities to do so — climbing into the poll might not be hard for the Hoosiers. Six Big Ten teams landed inside the poll, including season-opening opponent Wisconsin at No. 12. Ohio State placed at No. 2, Penn State is No. 7, Michigan is No. 15, Minnesota is No. 18 and Iowa is No. 23. Of that group, all but Iowa are featured on IU’s updated 2020 schedule.
Here’s how the full poll looks:
- Clemson (38)
- Ohio State (17)
- Alabama (4)
- LSU (6)
- Penn State
- Notre Dame
- Texas A&M
- Oklahoma State
- North Carolina
- Central Florida
- Virginia Tech
- Iowa State
Others receiving votes: Tennessee 111; Boise State 111; Arizona State 88; Kentucky 73; Memphis 71; Baylor 66; Washington 65; Louisville 62; Miami 58; Appalachian State 31; Navy 17; Virginia 13; Air Force 12; Mississippi State 9; Texas Christian 7; Washington State 6; Tulane 5; California 5; UL Lafayette 3; Southern Methodist 3; Nebraska 3; Stanford 2; Pittsburgh 1; Kansas State 1; Indiana 1; Duke 1.
Wait. Rutger West got three votes? What?
Mehh, there’s always the Associated Press poll.