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08.30.2010 / Huskers Rank in the Top 10. Blog posting by Mike Babcock, Huskers Illustrated Magazine.

Let us put this in perspective. The Nebraska football team was last ranked in the Associated Press Top 10 the second week of October in 2003. Though the Cornhuskers had not been ranked in the pre-season Top 25 poll, they had worked their way up to No. 10 with five consecutive victories.

"Restoration of Cornhusker tradition is well under way."

Frank Solich was in what would be his final season as Nebraska’s head coach. And 35-year-old Bo Pelini was Solich’s first-year defensive coordinator, replacing Craig Bohl.

The Cornhuskers lost that week at Missouri, 41-24, and dropped to No. 18 in the AP poll. They hadn’t been back in the AP Top 10 until the 2010 pre-season poll was announced over the weekend. Nebraska was No. 8, its highest ranking since mid-September of 2002.

Numbers aside, it’s been a long time since the Cornhuskers have enjoyed the national respect that comes with the polls – they were No. 9 in the coaches’ pre-season poll.

Pelini, now preparing for his third season as Nebraska’s head coach, dismissed the No. 8 ranking after practice on the day the oldest of the major polls was released. “I don’t really pay attention to any of that stuff,” he said. “It’s pretty irrelevant to what we’re doing, where we’re going. We have a lot of work to do, and that all plays itself out in the end. If we play good football, then we’ll be deserving of that. Hopefully, we can move up from there if we do what we’re capable of doing.”

Pelini has made no secret of the fact he has championship aspirations for the program, however, and rankings do affect such aspirations. It’s better to start the Indy 500 in the front row.

“I guess it’s pretty easy to move down if you screw up and you lose early. But it’s pretty hard if you start way out of there to move up if you have aspirations of doing something special,” he said.

So to be ranked in the pre-season Top 10 is “always a positive,” said Pelini.

Nebraska’s No. 8 ranking is a result of media voters recognizing that “we played pretty good football at the end of last year,” Pelini said. “That really doesn’t have a lot to do with where we are now, what we have to accomplish. And it’s really not something we can control.”

It does, however, reflect the fact that the restoration of Cornhusker tradition is well under way.

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Are the Huskers worthy of their Top 10 rating? Will they win the Big 12 or even the North?


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Go Huskers!
Posted by Danny at 10:33 AM, Aug 27, 2010
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