For the first time since 1969, Indiana will enter the season ranked in at least one of the two major polls.
The Hoosiers debuted at No. 17 in USA Today’s Preseason Coaches poll on Tuesday, marking another milestone in their climb to national relevance. IU is one of five Big Ten teams included in the first installment of the coaches’ top 25, joining No. 4 Ohio State, No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 18 Iowa and No. 20 Penn State. Meanwhile, Indiana’s third opponent of the season, Cincinnati, came in at No. 10. Northwestern and Michigan were also among the many teams to receive votes.
During the course of its 6-2 season last fall, IU spent 10 weeks ranked inside both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, breaking in at No. 19 in the latter after the thrilling, season-opening victory over Penn State. The Hoosiers climbed as high as No. 7 in the USA Today poll during Week 15 of the college football season before finishing the campaign at No. 13.
The Associated Press Top 25 will be released on Monday, Aug. 16.
Here’s the full USA Today Coaches poll for your perusal:
- Alabama (63)
- Oklahoma (2)
- Ohio State
- Texas A&M
- Notre Dame
- Iowa State
- North Carolina
- Penn State
- Oklahoma State
- Coastal Carolina
Receiving Votes: Utah 145; Northwestern 120; Arizona State 90; Auburn 84; Liberty 68; Brigham Young 53; Texas Christian 48; Michigan 30; Central Florida 29; NC State 27; Boise State 27; Kentucky 20; San Jose State 18; Army 13; Virginia Tech 9; Missouri 8; UCLA 7; Tulsa 6; Pittsburgh 6; Boston College 6; Houston 5; Ball State 5; West Virginia 4; Southern Methodist 4; Appalachian State 4; UAB 3; Arkansas 3; Nevada 2; Mississippi State 2; Air Force 2; Stanford 1; Marshall 1; Florida State 1; California 1.