Here’s some news that will make Husker fans both pleased and disgruntled.
The Good News: Nebraska finished eighth in an ESPN poll ranking the most important college football programs in the country. With a rating of 9.5 out of 10, Nebraska actually finished with the fourth-highest rating, but Alabama, USC, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma all finished with a perfect 10.0. Here’s what the poll said about Nebraska.
Relatively speaking, Nebraska has enjoyed more recent success. The first of the Cornhuskers five national championships came in 1970. They went back to back in 1970-71 and again in 1994-95. They’ve also produced three Heisman winners including 2001’s winner, quarterback Eric Crouch.
The Bad News? Texas was ranked No. 7, one ahead of the Huskers. Ohio State finished tied for No. 1 and Michigan was No. 6. Penn State comes in at No. 10, just outside of the “blue-blood” tier.
Here is the full poll, explanation and all.