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Despite Win vs. Minnesota, Nebraska at No. 13 in AP, Coaches Polls

| by Alex Groberman

As far as the weekly polls are concerned, all wins are not created equally.

Just last week we noted that the polls had been very kind to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in 2011, all things considered. Before that big Week 5 loss to the Wisconsin Badgers, the Huskers steadily rose up the ranks in both the AP and Coaches Polls despite the fact that they weren’t really beating particularly legitimate competition. And then, after the loss, they only dropped seven spots to No. 14.

Would that generosity that the polls had exhibited towards Nebraska extend into Week 8? Unfortunately, no.

Despite a somewhat dominating victory -- weird plays notwithstanding -- over the Minnesota Gophers, the Huskers actually ended up moving down in this week’s Coaches Poll from No. 11 to 13 and standing pat in the AP Poll at No. 13.

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More important than the slight slide, though, was the fact that the Badgers were toppled from their perch atop the standings following that heartbreaking last second loss to the Michigan State Spartans. The loss now leaves Nebraska, Michigan State, and Wisconsin all with one loss, and means that the Big Ten is still anyone’s race going forward.

AP Poll

1 LSU
2 Alabama
3 Oklahoma State
4 Stanford
5 Boise State
6 Clemson
7 Oregon
8 Arkansas
9 Michigan State
10 Kansas State
11 Oklahoma
12 Wisconsin
13 Nebraska
14 South Carolina
15 Virginia Tech
16 Texas A&M
17 Michigan
18 Houston
19 Texas Tech
20 USC
21 Penn State
22 Georgia
23 Arizona State
24 Cincinnati
25 West Virginia

Coaches Poll

1 LSU

2 Alabama

3 Stanford

4 Oklahoma State

5 Boise State

6 Clemson

7 Oregon

8 Arkansas

9 Oklahoma

10 Michigan State

11 Wisconsin

12 Kansas State

13 Nebraska

14 South Carolina

15 Virginia Tech

16 Texas A&M

17 Michigan

18 Houston

19 Penn State

20 Arizona State

21 Georgia

22 Texas Tech

23 Cincinnati

24 West Virginia

25 Southern Miss.