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IU ranked in AP preseason poll for 1st time since 1969

Hoosiers enter the season at No. 17 — the 3rd highest position among Big Ten teams

Penn State v Indiana
Mike Katic #56 of the Indiana Hoosiers celebrates after an overtime win against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Memorial Stadium on October 24, 2020 in Bloomington, Indiana.
Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

For the first time since Harry Gonso, John Isenbarger and Jade Butcher were running around, Indiana is ranked inside the Associated Press’ preseason Top 25.

IU ended its 52-year preseason poll drought Monday with an appearance at No. 17 in the AP rankings, the same spot the team landed in the USA Today Coaches poll released last week. It’s only the third time in the history of the AP’s preseason poll that IU has claimed a spot, having previously done so in 1968 and 1969.

Last season, Indiana spent 10 weeks ranked inside the AP’s top 25, debuting at No. 17 after its season-opening win over Penn State in late October. IU climbed as high as No. 7 late in the campaign before ending up at No. 12 in the final poll released by the news collective in January.

The Hoosiers are one of five Big Ten teams listed in the preseason poll, joining No. 4 Ohio State, No. 12 Wisconsin, No. 18 Iowa, and No. 19 Penn State. Michigan and Northwestern were among the teams that also received votes.

Here’s how the full top 25 shook out:

  1. Alabama (47 first-place votes)
  2. Oklahoma (6)
  3. Clemson (6)
  4. Ohio State (1)
  5. Georgia (3)
  6. Texas A&M
  7. Iowa State
  8. Cincinnati
  9. Notre Dame
  10. North Carolina
  11. Oregon
  12. Wisconsin
  13. Florida
  14. Miami
  15. USC
  16. LSU
  17. Indiana
  18. Iowa
  19. Penn State
  20. Washington
  21. Texas
  22. Coastal Carolina
  23. Louisiana
  24. Utah
  25. Arizona State