Where Do the Nebraska Huskers Rank in 2012?

Chad RobbCorrespondent IJuly 4, 2012

Where Do the Nebraska Huskers Rank in 2012?

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    The 2012 college football season is fast approaching, and fans across the state of Nebraska are starting to wonder where their Huskers stack up against the rest of the teams in both the Big Ten and the rest of the country.

    Nebraska has won at least nine games in each of the four seasons under head coach Bo Pelini. The Huskers have one of the toughest schedules in the country this season, but another nine-win season is not out of the picture.

    Nebraska returns some key players on offense, including quarterback Taylor Martinez, running back Rex Burkhead, wide receiver Kenny Bell and guard Spencer Long.

    The defense failed to reach expectations in 2011, but Nebraska has the talent to become a solid defensive unit in 2012. It will be up to the new defensive coordinator John Papuchis and new defensive-line coach Rick Kaczenski to motivate the Blackshirts.

    The preseason rankings have Nebraska rated as high as No. 14 and as low as No. 27. The official college football rankings do not come out until early August.

    Here is where many of the national magazines and websites have the Huskers ranked going into the 2012 season…

Athlon Sports Rankings

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    Nebraska No. 14

    Every season, I purchase the Athlon Sports preseason football magazine. They always seem to be the magazine that ranks Nebraska the highest.

    After reading through many of the preseason rankings, Athlon Sports looks like the most accurate. That is not just because Nebraska is rated No. 14 in their poll.

    The top 10 in Athlon Sports magazine looks like the correct order. Almost every other preseason ranking has LSU as the No. 1 team in the country. I think USC should be the No. 1 team with the two SEC schools not far behind.

    Nebraska is rated a little too high at No. 14.

    1. USC
    2. LSU
    3. Alabama
    4. Oregon
    5. Oklahoma
    6. Ohio State
    7. Michigan
    8. Georgia
    9. Florida State
    10. South Carolina
    11. Texas
    12. West Virginia
    13. Arkansas
    14. NEBRASKA
    15. Clemson
    16. Virginia Tech
    17. Wisconsin
    18. Michigan State
    19. Oklahoma State
    20. Notre Dame
    21. Stanford
    22. TCU
    23. Louisville
    24. Boise State
    25. Washington

SBNation.com Rankings

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    Nebraska No. 18

    The SBNation preseason poll has the wrong top 10 but has Nebraska ranked in the correct spot.

    I think Nebraska’s No. 18 ranking in this poll is about right. Nebraska is not ready to be a top-10 football team, but they do belong in the top 20.

    The poll does look outdated with Georgia still ranked at No. 6. The Bulldogs have problems with suspensions and their best running back being dismissed from the team.

    1. LSU
    2. USC
    3. Alabama
    4. Oregon
    5. Oklahoma
    6. Georgia
    7. Michigan
    8. Florida State
    9. South Carolina
    10. Arkansas
    11. West Virginia
    12. Wisconsin
    13. Michigan State
    14. TCU
    15. Kansas State
    16. Clemson
    17. Virginia Tech
    18. NEBRASKA
    19. Stanford
    20. Ohio State
    21. Texas
    22. Boise State
    23. Oklahoma State
    24. Notre Dame
    25. Washington

Sports Illustrated Ranking

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    Nebraska No. 18

    Sports Illustrated also has Nebraska ranked at No. 18.

    Although I like USC as the top team in the country, the Sports Illustrated preseason poll is pretty accurate. It is one of the only preseason polls with Wisconsin ranked in the top 10. The Badgers will be good this year with running back Monte Ball leading the charge.

    1. LSU
    2. USC
    3. Alabama
    4. Oregon
    5. Oklahoma
    6. Wisconsin
    7. South Carolina
    8. Georgia
    9. West Virginia
    10. Michigan State
    11. TCU
    12. Arkansas
    13. Michigan
    14. Stanford
    15. Kansas State
    16. Clemson
    17. Florida State
    18. NEBRASKA
    19. Virginia Tech
    20. Boise State
    21. Texas
    22. Auburn
    23. Washington
    24. Oklahoma State
    25. Georgia Tech

Scout.com Rankings

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    Nebraska No. 22

    The writers who put together the Scout.com preseason poll should stick to ranking college football recruits.

    The Scout.com preseason poll is all over the board. They have Texas at No. 5, USC at No. 6, Utah at No. 13 and Nebraska at No. 22.

    Texas is not a top-five team in 2012, and the Huskers belong in the top 20.

    1. LSU
    2. Oklahoma
    3. Oregon
    4. Alabama
    5. Texas
    6. USC
    7. South Carolina
    8. Georgia
    9. Florida State
    10. Wisconsin
    11. Ohio State
    12. Michigan
    13. Utah
    14. Louisville
    15. Virginia Tech
    16. Michigan State
    17. Boise State
    18. Arkansas
    19. West Virginia
    20. Oklahoma State
    21. Auburn
    22. NEBRASKA
    23. Florida
    24. North Carolina State
    25. Rutgers

NationalChamps.net Rankings

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    Nebraska No. 22

    The NationalChamps.net preseason poll almost got it right. Most of the teams seem to be in the correct order, but the website ranked Nebraska too low.

    Another problem I have with this poll is that it is too top-heavy with teams from the SEC. Half of the teams in the top 10 are from the SEC. I know it is a good conference, but let’s be more realistic.

    1. LSU
    2. Alabama
    3. USC
    4. Oregon
    5. Oklahoma
    6. Georgia
    7. Stanford
    8. Arkansas
    9. South Carolina
    10. Oklahoma State
    11. Florida State
    12. West Virginia
    13. Michigan
    14. Clemson
    15. TCU
    16. Wisconsin
    17. Michigan State
    18. Kansas State
    19. Texas
    20. Virginia Tech
    21. Ohio State
    22. NEBRASKA
    23. Auburn
    24. Florida
    25. Baylor

ESPN.com Rankings

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    Nebraska No. 25

    The ESPN preseason poll is always way off. Usually their site is one of the first to release a preseason poll, which is one of the reasons why they fail to get it right year after year.

    Nebraska is lucky to be ranked at No. 24 in the ESPN preseason poll, since ESPN usually understimates the Huskers.

    1. LSU
    2. USC
    3. Alabama
    4. Oregon
    5. Georgia
    6. Oklahoma
    7. Florida State
    8. West Virginia
    9. Michigan
    10. South Carolina
    11. Michigan State
    12. Stanford
    13. Arkansas
    14. TCU
    15. Wisconsin
    16. Clemson
    17. Ohio State
    18. Kansas State
    19. Texas
    20. Florida
    21. Washington
    22. Oklahoma State
    23. Virginia Tech
    24. NEBRASKA
    25. Georgia Tech

About.com Rankings

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    Nebraska No. 27

    I was surprised when I came across this poll.

    First, I was surprised that About.com published a preseason college football poll, and then I was surprised to see that the Huskers were not in it.

    I had to do some research on the site to find Nebraska ranked No. 27. There will be people who think this is the most accurate poll out of any on the list. They could be right, but I would not bet against the Huskers overachieving in 2012.

    1. LSU
    2. Oregon
    3. Alabama
    4. Michigan
    5. Boise State
    6. USC
    7. Georgia
    8. Stanford
    9. Oklahoma
    10. South Carolina
    11. Florida State
    12. Michigan State
    13. Ohio State
    14. Arkansas
    15. Notre Dame
    16. TCU
    17. Wisconsin
    18. Clemson
    19. Kansas State
    20. Texas
    21. Louisville
    22. Florida
    23. Virginia Tech
    24. Oklahoma State
    25. Penn State

2012 Preseason Polls

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    Many people do not think the Huskers will be as good this year as they have been the last two seasons. I think the Huskers will surprise people this year.

    Taylor Martinez can only get better in his third year as a starter. Rex Burkhead will show the country why he is one of the best running backs in the Big Ten, and the defense will excel under the new coaching staff.

    When the USA Today preseason poll and the A.P. preseason poll are released, I believe Nebraska will be ranked somewhere near No. 20.

    If Nebraska is able to get through their difficult schedule in 2012, the Huskers will have no problem climbing the rankings.

    Husker fans must remember that it is not where you start in the rankings, but where you finish that matters the most.

     

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