Notes: IU is No. 12 in CFP; TJD, Patberg on Wooden lists; Penix in O’Brien ‘class’

IU maintained its position in the college football playoff rankings, coming in at No. 12.
The Hoosiers (5-1) are coming off of a win over Maryland, though they have lost starting quarterback Michael Penix Jr. to an ACL tear. IU travels to the CFP’s No. 16 team, Wisconsin (2-1), this week for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on ABC.
The national selection committee pegged Alabama as the No. 1 team in the CFP rankings, followed by Notre Dame, Clemson, and Ohio State. Those teams were ranked ahead of No. 5 Texas A&M, No. 6 Florida, No. 7 Cincinatti, and No. 8 Georgia. Iowa State and Miami (Fla.) rounded out the top 10.
Oklahoma, at No. 11, sits just ahead of IU.
Northwestern (14) and Iowa (19) are the other Big Ten teams ranked in the CFP.
TJD, Patberg on Wooden Lists

Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis and Ali Patberg were named to their sports’ respective John R. Wooden Award preseason watch lists Tuesday.

Those lists acknowledge the early front-runners for the Wooden All-American Team and the most outstanding player award. The men’s list was a top 50, while the women’s was a top 30.

Jackson-Davis is joined by multiple Big Ten players on the men’s list, including Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu, Iowa’s Luka Garza and Joe Wieskamp, Michigan’s Isaiah Livers, and Wisconsin’s Nate Reuvers. The Big Ten led all conferences with 10 selections, while the ACC and SEC had seven apiece.

This is one of many preseason honors for Jackson-Davis, who was recently named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Naismith player of the year watch lists, as well as the Karl Malone Award list for the nation’s top power forward.

Similarly, Patberg is also in the running for several awards, including the Nancy Lieberman Award, Naismith Trophy, and Wade Trophy watch lists.

Other Big Ten athletes on the women’s list include Northwestern’s Lindsey Pulliam, Michigan’s Naz Hillmon, and Rutgers’ Arella Guirantes.

Penix on O’Brien List

Despite a season-ending ACL injury, Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. was added to the Davey O’Brien Award’s “Class of 2020,” which makes him one of 35 candidates for the national quarterback award.

Penix completed 124-of-220 passes (56.4 percent) for 1,645 yards with 14 touchdowns in six games this season. A point-scoring model was used to determine the quarterbacks in the class, including past inclusion in the O’Brien preseason watch list and weekly O’Brien “Great 8” lists.

Entering the Maryland game, Penix led the Big Ten in passing yards and was ninth nationally in passing yards per game (312.2). He has a 10-2 record as IU’s starter.

From this initial list of 35 honorees, a group of 16 semifinalists will be named next Monday. A national selection committee will help choose the candidates, along with a fan vote, which runs through Sunday. The fan vote will take place on three social media platforms, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. The top vote-getter on each will receive the equivalent of two additional committee member ballots for that voting period.

A vote in the fan poll is logged by “liking” the quarterback’s photo on the official Davey O’Brien social media account on those platforms.

’75-76 team in Hall

IU’s undefeated 1975-76 men’s basketball team is one of three squads being inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020.

That ’75-76 team finished a perfect 32-0 and remains the country’s most recent Dvision I champion to go undefeated. Led by Hall of Famer Bob Knight, the Hoosiers won their five NCAA Tournament games by an average of 15.2 points, including an 86-68 rout of Michigan in the national title game.

Six players from that team reached the NBA, including Scott May, who won nearly every national player of the year award and averaged 23.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per outing.

Along with the ’75-76 Hoosiers, the ’63-64 UCLA Bruins and the 1965-66 Texas Western Miners will be honored in the 2020 class. They will be inducted during a live streaming event in early 2021.


  1. The #12 position is biased and doesn’t add up. Georgia at #8!!! Please. The SEC is terrible this year except for ‘bama and Florida. This thing will take a big turn after IU eeekes out a tough win in Madison. The committee still thinks the Badgers are the 2nd best team in the BIG despite losing to N’western.

  2. Hey Jeremy, Just read your article “High Hopes” in the local paper. Great review of the Women’s basketball program. Good read. Thanks for your coverage.

  3. Ron- I didnt see the article you mentioned but I did read another article by Jeremy in the herald and another article in the “daily student”. At any rate sounds like IU is expecting a bigger challenge from Samford than most think, and that will be a good thing getting tested just before going to KY.

      1. Bad 3 point shooting and free throw percentages and turn overs for IU.
        T. Moren defense Defense overcomes and in this one a 45 point win as it should be.
        KY beat Samford by 30 last year. Did IU Ladies get a little fatigued Samford road team? Regardless, IU Ladies should beat KY.

  4. Does anyone think we would have erased most of the deficit and made the game interesting against OSU with Tuttle behind center?

    Question: Do quarterbacks ever yell “pizza” before “hut?”

  5. H4H, the answer is we don’t know and can never know if Tuttle could have had IU in the game with OSU. I doubt any QB has called out pizza hut but there have been some weird calls made. Tuttle has a tough job stepping in for Penix but he could very well do the job to have IU win the final games this season.

  6. The argument could be made if J.T. was playing qb would have there been that big of deficit to erase. The IU football season including OSU is where it is currently at because of not only Penix but also receivers, OL, and even running backs on offense…But equally important at the very least is that defense and that secondary has come through to keep games under control and helped comeback in OSU game especially when Penix and offense struggled.

  7. I’m hoping for “it factor” out of Tuttle as well, V. I just think Penix brought a belief that’s hard to replace. We’ll see…..I would love nothing more than to destroy the Badgers. I despise their football and basketball programs. They play the game very cocky and run up scores when wins games have been long decided. Kick their teeth in.

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