Just before the clock struck noon, the first AP Poll of the 2019 season was revealed.
Indiana, shockingly enough, was not on it. Nobody expected the Hoosiers to be on it, and rightfully so. The last time Indiana was actually on the poll was on September 20, 1994.
That’s right. It’s been almost 25 years since the Hoosiers were seen in an AP Poll. That’s crazy talk. It’s unbelievable. It’s disappointing.
However you want to describe it is understandable. The Hoosiers haven’t been great for almost 25 years.
Again, they have had good teams in the last quarter of a century. But, not good enough to be ranked.
Indiana has finished worse than .500 every year since 2008. In 2007, the Hoosiers went 7-6. Prior to that, the last winning season was in 1994 — the last time the team was ranked in the AP Poll nearly 25 years ago — when they finished 6-5.
The year prior to that, in 1993, the team finished 8-4. That was the last time Indiana has had double the amount of wins as losses.
It’s been a long time since Indiana has been truly good. And if the Hoosiers don’t get ranked in the next AP Poll, the streak will hit 1,300 straight weeks without seeing themselves among the top 25.
That’s not good.