IU at No. 12 in initial CFP rankings

Indiana football isn’t just No. 12 in the media and coaches polls.

The Hoosiers are now No. 12 in the initial college football playoff rankings.

The CFP selection committee’s rankings were released Tuesday, ranking the nation’s top 25 teams. This is IU’s first ever ranking in the CFP.

“Just a great testament to what our players are doing and where our program is right now, and the job of our coaching staff,” IU coach Tom Allen said Tuesday on his radio show. “First time ever, so those firsts continue. It’s awesome.”

IU started 4-0 in conference play for the first time since 1987, but the Hoosiers suffered their first loss at No. 3 Ohio State last Saturday. They were down 35-7 early in the third quarter but stormed back to lose 42-35, salvaging some national respect and their place in the rankings.

In the CFP rankings, IU sits behind No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 10 Miami (Fla.). Ohio State is currently No. 4, behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Notre Dame, and No. 3 Clemson.

Also in the Big Ten, Northwestern, led by former IU quarterback Peyton Ramsey, came in at No. 8 in the initial CFP rankings. Wisconsin is No. 16 and Iowa at No. 24.