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          Release: 08/18/2012
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Huskers Ranked 17th in AP Preseason Poll

Lincoln -- The Nebraska football team opens the 2012 season ranked 17th in the Associated Press poll released Saturday morning. The Huskers received a total of 485 points from the 60 national writers who vote in the poll following a No. 16 preseason ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll released earlier in August. 

It is the 36th consecutive poll the Huskers have been ranked in dating back to Nov. 29, 2009, and that is the fifth-longest active streak in the nation and the longest among Big Ten schools.

In all, five Big Ten schools are ranked in the top 20, including No. 8 Michigan, No. 12 Wisconsin, No. 13 Michigan State and No. 18 Ohio State. The Big Ten was one of three conferences with at least five ranked teams in the preseason poll.

The Huskers will begin the 2012 season two weeks from today when they take on Southern Miss at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on ABC and ESPN2, depending on what part of the country you live in.

2012 AP Preseason Poll

RANK

TEAM

POINTS

PV

1

Southern Cal (25)

1,445

6

2

Alabama (17)

1,411

1

3

LSU (16)

1,402

2

4

Oklahoma (1)

1,286

16

5

Oregon

1,274

4

6

Georgia

1,107

19

7

Florida St.

1,093

23

8

Michigan (1)

1,000

12

9

South Carolina

994

9

10

Arkansas

963

5

11

West Virginia

856

17

12

Wisconsin

838

10

13

Michigan St.

742

11

14

Clemson

615

22

15

Texas

569

NR

16

Virginia Tech

548

21

17

Nebraska

485

24

18

Ohio St.

474

NR

19

Oklahoma St.

430

3

20

TCU

397

14

21

Stanford

383

7

22

Kansas St.

300

15

23

Florida

214

NR

24

Boise St.

212

8

25

Louisville

105

NR

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