Like preseason polls or hate them, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have been dubbed the No. 22 team in the land by the Amway Coaches’ Poll. While some fans may argue that Husker football deserves a better ranking, it does seventh-year head coach Bo Pelini a service.
College football fans as a whole will be watching to see what Pelini can produce with a team chock-full of talent. If there’s any way for a team to get immediate credit for success, it’s from showing up pollsters.
Nebraska likely won’t get much credit for picking apart Florida Atlantic or McNeese State, but if the Huskers can win in Fresno and keep Duke Johnson‘s Hurricanes at bay, they should easily crack the Top 20.
Two of the Big Red’s future opponents are Top 15 teams: Michigan State (No. 8) and Wisconsin (No. 13).
The Spartans should still be a highly-ranked team regardless of what happens against Oregon and the Badgers’ schedule is almost as easy as a four-yard gain by Ameer Abdullah.
A three-game stretch sandwiched by bye weeks should be the final test of this squad’s capability.
First, a trip to Northwestern that could be dicey if recent history is any indication followed by games against Rutgers and Purdue which should be nothing short of eviscerations.
At that point, Nebraska could be sitting very comfortably inside the Top 15 and with a successful November, a Top 10 ranking follows the Big Red to Indianapolis.
Most expect Pelini’s team to lose four games because, well, they always have in the past. If he’s going to finally make his mark on the program and show that the patience given was well-deserved, a spot just inside the Top 25 is where he wants Husker football to be placed from the get-go.
Voters will expect those four losses and if they don’t happen, the idea of bumping Nebraska up the charts may seem like a no-brainer.
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