Hoosiers remain at No. 7 in the Associated Press poll

Indiana remained at No. 7 in the Associated Press poll, though it’s not the ranking most Hoosier fans are going to want to keep an eye on Sunday.

The College Football Ranking committee’s judgment of the Hoosiers should play a more significant role in where they end up in the postseason.

As has been the case with the CFP committee, voters in the media poll view Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Notre Dame as the top four teams in the country. The only change was Clemson and Notre Dame flipping the No. 2 and No. 4 spots after the Tigers’ 34-10 victory over the Fighting Irish in the ACC title game.

Where the CFP and the AP poll may differ in regard to the Hoosiers is especially important. Iowa State, which has remained in the top 10 of the CFP despite a two-loss record, dropped from No. 8 in the AP poll to No. 12 following its third loss of the season, trading spots with Oklahoma. The Sooners just beat the Cyclones in Saturday’s Big 12 title game, 27-21.

That puts the Hoosiers ahead of Iowa State, at least in the media’s eyes, heading into Selection Sunday. IU fans will want the CFP committee to make a similar judgment about Iowa State or the 6-1 Hoosiers could be the odd team out of the New Year’s Six bowl equation, specifically in regards to the Fiesta Bowl.

The AP also ranked Florida at No. 10, which was actually an improvement of one spot, following a close loss to top-ranked Alabama in the SEC title game. The Gators also have three losses and were ranked No. 7 in the CFP last week, four spots ahead of IU.

IU remains the second-best Big Ten team in the AP’s eyes, ahead of No. 15 Northwestern and No. 17 Iowa.

Either way, the Hoosiers’ No. 7 ranking does add to the program’s list of accomplishments in 2020. It marks IU’s sixth week in the top 10, which beats the 1967 team’s five weeks in the top 25. It’s short of the 1945 team, though, which spent seven game weeks — plus two weeks following the regular season’s end — in the top 10.

The 2020 squad has been in the top 25 for nine consecutive weeks, however, which matches the 1945 team in that regard.

3 comments

  1. It’s too bad that the ‘politburo’ in Dallas doesn’t see a correlation between rankings from people who do this sort of thing and their blind, insane bias.
    If IU is sent to a decent bowl, I’ll be surprised. Thank goodness for the Coaches and AP polls. It’s unreal how IU has competely IGNORED on ESPN’s panels. Herbstreit is still gushing over Coastal Carolina.

  2. Tuttle could end up being great…but I do believe much of our lost ‘sex appeal’ in the CFP committee rankings is due to the loss of Penix.
    Penix was the “it factor” in our offense.
    When he was injured, I knew much of our future limelight went to the locker room with him.

  3. At least this year’s bowl invitations won’t be based on the number of tickets the selected team’s fans will buy tickets for the bowl game.

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