It’s official: Husker football is ranked No. 22 across the board, both in the Amway Coaches Poll and in the freshly-released Associated Press poll.
Other Big Ten teams ranked include Ohio State (No. 5), Michigan State (No. 8), and Wisconsin (No. 14).
Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern and Penn State also received votes.
This marks the lowest ranking out of the gate for Nebraska since the 2009 squad that began the season at No. 24 and would go on to finish No. 20.
Interestingly enough, that team also relied heavily on its defense to get the job done.
Entering the season just inside the Top 25 may be beneficial overall for the Big Red. If anything, it should serve as proper motivation that pollsters don’t see them as a threat, especially since three conference teams sit in front of them.
This includes a team from the Huskers’ own division.
There could be a massive swing if Nebraska can dominate its non-conference schedule. That likely springs them firmly into the Top 20.
Florida State tops the poll with 57 first place votes. Alabama checks in at No. 2 with one first place vote.
Oregon’s the AP’s No. 3 with a first place vote of its own and Oklahoma takes the No. 4 spot along with a first place vote.
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