LINCOLN, Neb. — While the college football world was thrown into a frenzy on Saturday, Nebraska took care of business at home with a 24-17 win over Minnesota on Saturday night. The Huskers were rewarded on Sunday by moving up in the polls.
Thanks to six Top-25 teams losing on Saturday, Nebraska (8-2, 5-2) moved up two spots in the latest AP Top 25 Poll and three spots in the Coaches Poll released on Sunday.
Previous rankings: (Coaches/AP): No. 20/No. 21
New rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 17/No. 19
Last result: 24-17 victory over Minnesota
What it means: Not much, but it does show the benefits of winning close games. Considering that No. 2 and No. 3 lost in close games to unranked teams, and No. 4 lost to a team ranked No. 20, Nebraska’s ability to not slip up at the end of games against unranked teams has become a hot commodity in November.
The focus for Nebraska now is to win out. Iowa just beat then-No. 2 Michigan, meaning the season finale might be tougher than some thought. The Huskers still need No. 6 Wisconsin to lose if they want to make it to the Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis.