LINCOLN, Neb. — Through the first six weeks of the season, Nebraska has done everything needed to gain a spot in AP Top 10, which will be released Monday afternoon.
Along with being unbeaten, Nebraska (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) has won on the road, has come from behind, and was the first team to kick Oregon out of significance — all things the voters love. Now, the Cornhuskers will likely earn their highest ranking since November 2011.
The other side of that coin? Nebraska’s best win is Oregon, which has lost four in a row and looked atrocious in Saturday night’s 70-21 blowout loss at home to Washington. The Huskers’ second-best win? On the road at Northwestern, which was 1-2 at the time.
Nebraska hasn’t looked dominant until the fourth quarter — the quarter that matters most, yes, but top-10 teams usually dominate in more than one quarter.
With the status of senior QB Tommy Armstrong (ankle) not clear, along with a laundry list of other injuries, this likely top-10 team still has a lot to prove. But at the same time, there are plenty of opportunities to impress and climb the polls with games at Wisconsin and Ohio State in late October and early November.
If the Huskers take care of business at Indiana and against Purdue, they very well could enter the Wisconsin game on Oct. 29 near the top 5.