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…