The Huskers learned they would start the season with a No. 9 national ranking as the Associated Press released its preseason Top Twenty poll Sunday.
Ohio State and Texas claimed the top two spots, just ahead of No. 3 Southern Cal, Nebraska’s second opponent.
The other ranked teams on the Huskers’ schedule were Missouri at No. 11, Kansas State at No. 14 and Oklahoma tied for 20th. Also receiving votes were Colorado, Kansas and Minnesota. (Nebraska’s eventual bowl opponent, Louisiana State, was No. 12 and received a first-place vote.)