Huskers nearing Top 10 as NU moves up to No. 12 in college football polls

Huskers nearing Top 10 as NU moves up to No. 12 in college football polls
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Alabama remained No. 1 and Ohio State held on to the No. 2 spot in the Associated Press and coaches college football polls released Sunday. The Huskers, meanwhile, moved up to 12th from last week’s 15th-place ranking in both polls after defeating Illinois 31-16 on Saturday.

Clemson was ranked No. 3 after a dramatic victory against Louisville, which slipped four spots to No. 7.

The Atlantic Coast Conference matched the Southeastern Conference for the most teams ranked in the AP poll after a weekend during which 10 Top-25 teams lost. It’s the first time since 2006 that the ACC has six ranked teams.

Michigan remained No. 4, and Washington moved up to No. 5 in AP and No. 6 in the coaches poll after a dominant victory against Stanford on Friday night. The last time the Huskies were ranked this high was 2000, when they won the Rose Bowl and finished No. 3 in the nation.

The Big Ten had four teams among the top 25 in both polls: Ohio State; Michigan (No. 4); Wisconsin (No. 11 in AP and No. 13 in the coaches poll); and Nebraska.

Ten ranked teams losing was the most in a regular-season week since Oct. 4, 2014, when 11 ranked teams went down, five to unranked teams. All the upheaval resulted in only four teams holding the same rankings they had last week: Baylor at No. 13 was the fourth, along with Alabama, Ohio State and Michigan.

Check out a complete history of Nebraska’s AP poll rankings in our Husker History database.

This report includes material from the Associated Press.

The AP top 25

1. Alabama

2. Ohio State

3. Clemson

4. Michigan

5. Washington

6. Houston

7. Louisville

8. Texas A&M

9. Tennessee

10. Miami (Fla.)

11. Wisconsin

12. Nebraska

13. Baylor

14. Mississippi

15. Stanford

16. Arkansas

17. North Carolina

18. Florida

19. Boise State

20. Oklahoma

21. Colorado

22. West Virginia

23. Florida State

24. Utah

25. Virginia Tech

The coaches poll Top 25

1. Alabama

2. Ohio State

3. Clemson

4. Michigan

5. Houston

6. Washington

7. Texas A&M

8. Louisville

9. Tennessee

10. Miami (Fla.)

11. Baylor

12. Nebraska

13. Wisconsin

14. Mississippi

15. Stanford

16. North Carolina

17. Arkansas

18. Florida

19. Boise State

20. West Virginia

21. Florida State

22. Oklahoma

23. Colorado

24. Utah

25. Western Michigan

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