Nebraska is set to face four teams this season that are ranked in the 2018 preseason Amway Coaches Poll. That includes Ohio State at No. 3, Wisconsin at No. 7, Michigan State at No. 12 and Michigan at No. 14. Penn State, who Nebraska does not play in 2018, is also ranked at No. 9. The poll was unveiled Thursday.
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The Huskers are unranked in the poll after finishing the 2017 season at 4-8, and did not receive any votes. Northwestern, Troy and Iowa did receive votes in the initial poll. Nebraska coach Scott Frost's former Central Florida team is ranked No. 23.
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Nebraska is unranked, as preseason predictions did not indicate Nebraska receiving votes. Phil Steele and other media polls have Nebraska finishing fourth in the West division of the Big Ten.
Nebraska also started the 2017 season unranked in the Amway Coaches Poll. The team, coached by Mike Riley at the time, did received 23 votes after a 9-4 season in 2016.
The Amway Coaches Poll, which is in its 28th season administered by USA TODAY Sports, features a panel of 65 voting coaches. That includes Frost.
Other Big Ten coaches with votes are Penn State’s James Franklin, Purdue's Jeff Brohm, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, Maryland's DJ Durkin, Minnesota's P.J. Fleck and Ohio State's Urban Meyer.
The voting coaches are put together at random by the American Football Coaches Association. A random draw is administered conference by conference (plus independents) from a pool of coaches that have said they are willing to participate.