IU debuts at No. 17 in AP poll, No. 19 in coaches poll

Beat a top-10 team, get in the top 25.

After receiving just a handful of voting points in the Associated Press and Amway Coaches polls last week, the Hoosiers are now No. 17 team in the AP and the No. 19-ranked squad via the coaches after dropping No. 7/8 Penn State in Saturday’s overtime thriller at Memorial Stadium.

This is the Hoosiers’ second appearance in the media and coaches polls in as many years, as they landed at No. 24/25 following a 7-2 start to the 2019 season.

This is the Hoosiers’ best ranking in both polls since November 1993, when IU was also the No. 17 team in the AP poll.

IU (1-0, 1-0 Big Ten) will try not to fall out as quickly as they did in 2019. Last year, the Hoosiers were out of the top 25 the very next week, losing to PSU on the road and suffering a clobbering at the hands of Michigan the week after that.

This time, it’s an historic win over PSU — now the No. 17 team in the coaches poll, No. 18 in the AP — that vaults the Hoosiers back into the rankings. It was the program’s first win over a top 10 team since the 1987 squad went to Ohio State and dropped the No. 9 team in the land. The PSU win was also IU’s first victory over a ranked team in Tom Allen’s three-plus seasons as coach.

Now the Hoosiers head on the road to face Rutgers, which just snapped a 21-game Big Ten losing streak at Michigan State.

“We saw what Rutgers did today on the road, it got our attention, for sure,” Allen said. “It got our players attention.”


  1. This is awesome. Also, after the NCAA dropped the hammer on AZ, how does Miller keep his job? Sorry off topic.

    1. Bad timing if Archie Miller gets ousted…Wonder if we could have somehow talked Billy Donovan into a job in Bloomington….? Probably the only college program he would have considered. Is John Beilein still working?

        1. True…unless the FBI has some taped conversations showing complicity….or, simply, knowledge of activity.
          That wouldn’t be a good look.

          And how does Archie avoid the questions…? Does he give the “no comment?” Does he claim all allegations against his brother are false?

          And for one particular longtime contributor on Scoop who always fawned over Sean Miller and gave him oodles of props and adulation, maybe it’s time to come clean? If what’s been alleged against Sean Miller is true, it makes Kelvin look like a saint (which I knew was always the case anyway compared to all the real corruption in college basketball).
          Come clean, Sean Miller admirer.

    2. Ohio Wesleyan University is eliminating 18 majors. The University of Florida’s trustees this month took the first steps toward letting the school furlough faculty. The University of California, Berkeley, has paused admissions to its Ph.D. programs in anthropology, sociology and art history. Colleges facing financial crunch from Coronavirus; BUT BY GOD THEY”RE PLAYING FOOTBALL!! Univ. of Wisconsin acknowledged losing $16 Million dollars every home game, Ohio State had a counted attendance of 1344 including players down to janitors; capacity at The ‘Shoe’ is 102,000. Univ.of Michigan and county officials issued a “Stay in residence” order and just before the football game they announced cutting 2 programs . Im gonna go out on limb and say I’d be surprised if the Basketball season ever gets off the ground IF this coronavirus “invasion” doesn’t get turned around

      1. Add the University of California- Riverside, scheduled to vote to end all school sports. In their case – one of the highest subsidized by student fees in the NCAA. (some great parties there 50 yrs ago) Hate to think basketball would be shut down.

  2. It is great seeing IU recognized as one of the top teams in the country and I think the team has the attitude to not screw up this week to get knocked out of the top twenty. We really don’t know how good Rutgers is as MSU had 7 turnovers and has forgotten how to play defense. This coming game should be tougher than in the past but IU should handle Rutgers.

  3. MSU is one of the 2 worst teams in the BIG. Nonetheless, Rutgers physically and defensively manhandled them. IU better find some ground game in a week or the new 17th ranking could vanish as quickly as it arrived. Schiano has greatly improved their team across the board.

  4. Basically, IU could end up season at 5, 6, 7 or 8 wins vs 1 win for 2020 football regular big ten season.

  5. Off-topic….but R.I.P. Spencer Davis.
    Maybe one of the greatest tunes ever. (Spencer Davis is on guitar at the front while going down escalator at 1:51 mark. Steve Winwood is lead vocals)

    Hoosiers finally got some lovin’ at #17!

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