Two weeks into the season, there is now a definitive difference in opinion on Nebraska football in the two major college football polls. Even though NU beat Southern Mississippi 56-13 Saturday, it slipped in the Associated Press poll from No. 22 to No. 23. The rout of the Golden Eagles helped the Huskers move from No. 19 to No. 15 in the USA Today Coaches poll.
While NU gained points in the AP poll — 219 last week, 277 this week — and more AP voters put the Huskers on their ballots, Baylor jumped Nebraska after a rout of Buffalo. More importantly, road losses by Florida and Notre Dame were not enough to drop either of those teams below Nebraska in the AP poll, while they did in the Coaches poll.
UCLA is No. 16 in the AP and No. 17 in the Coaches poll. The Bruins play the Huskers Saturday morning in Memorial Stadium.
Alabama remained No. 1 in both polls. Ohio State is No. 4 in the AP and No. 3 in the Coaches. Michigan (No. 11 in AP, No. 12 in Coaches), Northwestern (No. 17 in AP, No. 16 in Coaches) and Wisconsin (No. 20 in AP, T-No. 18 in Coaches) are the other Big Ten teams ranked. Michigan State, Illinois and Penn State received votes in the AP poll, while the Spartans and the Illini received votes in the Coaches poll.