Scott Frost's new team isn't ranked in the preseason Associated Press poll, but his old team is. After finishing 13-0 and ranked sixth in final AP poll last season, Central Florida will open the season at No. 21 this year, two spots ahead of where the Knights ranked in the preseason Coaches poll.
Nebraska, of course, was on the outside looking in following last season's 4-8 record. The Cornhuskers have not been ranked in the preseason AP poll since opening the 2014 season but the Huskers should have plenty of chances to enter the poll at some point with four ranked teams on the schedule and five overall from the Big Ten. All five ranked in the top 15.
In a departure from the Coaches poll, Wisconsin is ranked No. 4 and received one first-place vote. That's one spot ahead of Ohio State as voters may have downgraded the Buckeyes as they wait to see how the investigation into Urban Meyer's handling of domestic violence allegations against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith unfolds.
Penn State (No. 10), Michigan State (No. 11) and Michigan (No. 14) rounded out the poll for the conference. The only team among the five ranked the Huskers won't face in the regular season is Penn State.
Nebraska opponents Northwestern, Troy and Iowa were among those receiving votes.
Below is the complete poll alongside the Coaches poll from earlier this month.
|1||Alabama (61)||Alabama (42)|
|2||Clemson (3)||Clemson (18)|
|3||Ohio St. (1)||Georgia|
|11||Notre Dame||Michigan St.|
|12||Michigan St.||Notre Dame|
|17||Virginia Tech||West Virginia|
|18||Mississippi St.||Mississippi St.|
|19||Florida St.||Florida St.|
|20||West Virginia||Virginia Tech|
|22||Boise St.||Boise St.|