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Hoosiers appear at No. 17 in USA Today Coaches poll

It’s the first time since 1969 that IU will open the season ranked inside one of the major polls

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Indiana v Michigan State
Tiawan Mullen #3 of the Indiana Hoosiers celebrates after the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on November 14, 2020 in East Lansing, Michigan.
Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

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:

  1. Alabama (63)
  2. Clemson
  3. Oklahoma (2)
  4. Ohio State
  5. Georgia
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Iowa State
  9. North Carolina
  10. Cincinnati
  11. Florida
  12. Oregon
  13. LSU
  14. USC
  15. Wisconsin
  16. Miami
  17. Indiana
  18. Iowa
  19. Texas
  20. Penn State
  21. Washington
  22. Oklahoma State
  23. Louisiana
  24. Coastal Carolina
  25. Mississippi

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.