Indiana’s program record run of being ranked in the top-25 for 11 straight weeks came to an end on Tuesday.
After entering the weekend ranked No. 17 in both the AP and coaches polls, the Hoosiers dropped completely out of both following their 34-6 humbling in Iowa City. The Hoosiers are effectively No. 33 in the new AP poll based on votes, and No. 32 in the coaches poll.
IU won’t have much of a chance to work their way back into the rankings this weekend against FCS opponent Idaho. But the remainder of the schedule presents several challenges that will allow the Hoosiers to prove their ability on the national stage.
Still on the slate are a trio of top-15 opponents in Cincinnati (No. 7 AP / 8 coaches), Penn State (No. 11 / 13), and Ohio State (No. 3 / 3). Big Ten East foes Michigan, Michigan State and Maryland are all receiving votes along with IU.
Iowa moved up to No. 10/12 from No. 18 in the latest polls. Indiana does not face the lone remaining Big Ten team in the current rankings, No. 18/17 Wisconsin.
Indiana opened the 2021 season ranked for the first time since 1968.
The Hoosiers will host Idaho for their home opener at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
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