Hoosiers don’t fall far following loss to No. 3 OSU

Indiana’s valiant effort in a 42-35 loss to No. 3 Ohio State has not cost the program much in the polls.

The Hoosiers (4-1) came in at No. 12 in both the coaches and Associated Press polls this week. IU was ranked No. 10 in the coaches poll last week, while the Hoosiers were No. 9 in the AP’s rankings.

IU was very nearly on course for an outing that could have seriously downed their ranking, trailing 35-7 early in the third quarter. But Michael Penix Jr., Ty Fryfogle, and the IU offense came to life to score 28 second-half points. OSU’s only points of the second half came on a pick-6 by Shaun Wade.

OSU remains the top Big Ten team in the coaches and media polls at No. 3 in both. IU is still the second-highest ranked conference squad, trailed by No. 13 Northwestern, in the coaches poll. But the Wildcats, fresh off of a 17-7 win over then-No. 10 Wisconsin, are No. 11 in the AP poll, just ahead of the Hoosiers.

Northwestern, of course, is led by former IU quarterback Peyton Ramsey, who joined the Wildcats as a grad transfer.

Wisconsin is the only other Big Ten team that’s ranked, dropping to No. 20 in the coaches poll and No. 18 in the AP.

Maryland kick

IU will kick off with Maryland at noon this Saturday at Memorial Stadium. It will air on ESPN2.

The Terrapins (2-1) have not played in two weeks before a COVID-19 shutdown.


  1. How do you drop two spots in a poll after losing to a higher ranked team by 7 points on their home field? Obviously, most of the coaches who voted didn’t watch the game or even look at the stats. This is bogus, and I think someone said it best yesterday; “if IU was named Georgia or Florida………”

    I watched #10 Wisconsin self destruct last night against #19 NW. If WI is still in the top 20, then you know the coaches poll is a joke.

    1. PO: 1. People did watch the game, and saw OSU build a huge lead in the first half and beginning of 3d quarter, and concluded that the Buckeyes relaxed their death-grip a little allowing the Hoosiers to entertain a lot of viewers (including yours truly). 2. Prior to last Sat., Saragin power rankings had NU #10 (IUFB #12), which made sense to me. At least NU has beaten some teams with a winning record, which is more than can be said for IU. As awesome as OSU seems to us locals, the playoffs, if OSU gets there, may expose the Bucks. How does a team get to be #3 having played a total of four games? And only beaten one opponent with a winning record (the other three opponents having combined for two wins)?

  2. We dropped because of our drops. Without the drops, we win the game and go up in the polls.

  3. Negative rushing yards. Number 12 seems about right. IU football is at a place where they could beat many football teams. However, IU could also lose to those same teams.

  4. And then there is class high school football and basketball in Indiana. These small Indiana schools and towns 1A and 2A Etc with 7-4, 8-6 records losing games to other small schools and now going to state finals. I hope each one of these schools understand they are little leaguers and are not in their own La La make believe world as many are. Teams in the MIC conference, class 5 A Cathedral and it’s competition and even
    4 A Roncalli is all you need to know that not everyone gets a trophy.

  5. Sort of ironic that the OSU linebacker I heard the FS1 commentator continually praise and show adulation is not an Ohio product. He’s from the basketball state. A product of Indianapolis Cathedral High School…..Sounds like he’s the real vocal and communicating leader of that OSU defense.
    Super intelligent kid who took his Hoosier roots to OSU. Negative rushing yards…and negative recruiting yards. Sometimes ‘the best’ is right “inside” your backyard.


    1. I hope now with IU’s two seasons of winning the best in Indiana come to IU. If IU can do that then with the other recruits IU will move up even more in the B1G.

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