Indiana finished the season ranked No. 12 in the season-ending Associated Press poll, released shortly after Alabama defeated Ohio State Monday night in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. It’s their highest final AP poll ranking since 1967 when they finished the season ranked No. 4 after losing to USC in the Rose Bowl.
The Hoosiers finished the season 6-2 with wins over Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin, but lost to Ole Miss 26-20 in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 2.
Indiana had been ranked No. 7 in the last AP poll before the bowl games, but was left out of the New Year’s Six bowl matchups because it was No. 11 in the final College Football Playoff rankings.
The Hoosiers were the third highest-ranked team in the Big Ten behind No. 2 Ohio State and No. 10 Northwestern. No. 16 Iowa was the only other Big Ten team in the Top 25.
— Indiana Football (@IndianaFootball) January 12, 2021
Indiana is scheduled to open the 2021 season on Sept. 4 at Iowa. Fox Sports college football analyst Joel Klatt slotted IU at No. 7 in his “way too early” 2021 preseason rankings.
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