LINCOLN, Neb. — For the first time since 2011, Nebraska is in the top 10 of both the Associated Press and Coaches polls.
Despite being on their bye week, the Cornhuskers (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) moved up two spots to No. 10 in the AP Poll and three spots to No. 9 in the Coaches Poll. Both were released Monday, a day delayed due to Hurricane Matthew moving games back to Sunday last weekend. Losses by Houston, Miami and Tennessee over the weekend allowed Nebraska to make its leap five years in the waiting despite not playing.
Previous rankings: (Coaches/AP): No. 12/No. 12
New rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 9/No.10
Last result: 31-16 victory over Illinois on Oct. 1.
What it means: While it continues to climb the polls, Nebraska is actually the third-highest ranked Big Ten team by the coaches, and fourth-highest in the AP. Ohio State and Michigan are ranked Nos. 2 and 4, respectively, in both polls, Wisconsin is No. 8 in the AP Poll. The Badgers, who also moved up despite not playing last weekend, sit one spot behind the Huskers at No. 10 in the Coaches Poll. The Huskers return to action Saturday, traveling to Indiana for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff. If Nebraska can hold serve, two of the Big Ten teams ahead of them, Ohio State and Wisconsin, will play later in the evening and offer Nebraska a chance to climb even further.