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Despite IU football's postponed season, the team received votes in preseason AP poll

<p>IU’s defense celebrates after then-sophomore Jamar Johnson scored a touchdown off of an interception Jan. 2 at the Tax Slayer Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida. IU received 19 points in the preseason AP Poll and was the seventh-highest ranked Big Ten team.</p>

IU’s defense celebrates after then-sophomore Jamar Johnson scored a touchdown off of an interception Jan. 2 at the Tax Slayer Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida. IU received 19 points in the preseason AP Poll and was the seventh-highest ranked Big Ten team.

Ahead of a fall 2020 season IU football won’t play, the team received 19 votes in the preseason Associated Press top 25 poll. 

The AP ranked all Football Bowl Subdivision teams regardless of whether they will play this fall or not. Nine of the top 25 teams are not playing this season — all from the Big Ten or Pac-12. 

The AP considered teams that were not playing this season in the preseason poll, but will no longer have those teams ranked once games begin. The Big Ten said it would like to play in the spring if possible. 

The other Power Five conferences — the Southeastern Conference, the Big 12 and the Atlantic Coast Conference — all still plan to play this season. Those conferences make up much of the remainder of the poll. Despite normally being independent, 10th ranked University of Notre Dame will play as part of the ACC this season. The University of Central Florida and the University of Cincinnati from the American Athletic Conference are both ranked as well and both plan to play this season.

IU is the 10th team out of the poll, which would equate to an unofficial ranking of 35th. The Hoosiers come in as the seventh-ranked team in the Big Ten.

IU football has only been ranked in the preseason poll once in school history, which came in 1969. Last season, IU made the top 25 for one week — its first appearance in the poll since 1994.

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