The Nebraska football team achieved its highest national rankings in eight seasons when the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls were released following Thursday's BCS National Championship Game.
Nebraska checked in at No. 14 in both the Associated Press Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. Nebraska's impressive 33-0 rout of Arizona in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl impressed pollsters around the country.
The Huskers jumped six spots from No. 20 in the final AP poll, while moving up five spots from its No. 19 pre-bowl ranking in the coaches' poll. Nebraska's promotion of six spots in the AP poll was the second-biggest jump in the rankings following the bowl game, while it made the third-biggest jump in the coaches' poll.
The final rankings are Nebraska's best since the 2001 team finished 11-2 and was ranked seventh in the final USA Today poll and eighth in the final Associated Press Poll. Since 2001, Nebraska had finished nationally ranked just twice. In 2003, NU was 18th in the final coaches poll and 19th according to the AP, while Nebraska finished 24th in both polls in 2005.
In addition to being Nebraska's highest final ranking in eight seasons, Nebraska's No. 14 AP ranking is its highest in that poll at any point since it was also ranked 14th prior to the 2007 game against USC. Nebraska rose as high as No. 10 in the Associated Press Poll during the 2003 season.
Nebraska was one of four Big 12 teams in the final rankings, including Texas (2 AP/2 Coaches), Texas Tech (21/23) and Oklahoma State (NR/25).