Tom Allen continues to build something special at Indiana. And even in the bye week, things are changing in Bloomington.

At 7-2 this season, Indiana now finds itself ranked in both the Associated Press poll and USA Today Coaches’ poll. It’s the first time the Hoosiers have cracked the AP poll top 25 since 1994. IU was at No. 25 in mid-September 1994, after starting 3-0 with wins over Cincinnati, Miami (OH) and Kentucky.

It was the last time the Hoosiers were ranked.

With a 7-2 record, Indiana is also bowl eligible and will make its first postseason appearance since the 2016 season. It will also be Allen’s first bowl berth as a head coach in Bloomington.

Now that the Hoosiers’ drought has ended, the longest streak without being ranked in the AP poll now belongs to another B1G team. It just so happens to be IU’s rival, too.


The streak isn’t nearly as long for the Boilermakers, with Purdue last being ranked in 2007. The Boilers were No. 23 in early October 2007, after starting the year 5-0 with wins over Toledo, Eastern Illinois, Central Michigan, Minnesota and Notre Dame.

Purdue won’t be ending that drought this year, currently at 4-6.