Preseason polls are funny things. Every one makes fun of them for being wildly speculative, a guessing game based on results from a different squad of players. But they are critically important for a team's long-term success in college football. With last year's Auburn squad being the exception, usually a poor preseason ranking places a glass ceiling on how high a team can rise in the polls, and ultimately how much success they can achieve in the postseason.
So, like them or hate them, preseason polls are very important. Nebraska is rated 10th in the AP preseason poll, the highest-rated Big Ten team. Let's lift the hood and find out how Nebraska got this lofty ranking.