Huskers Inch Up Two Spots In Polls, Oregon, K-State 1-2

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Nebraska moved up two spots, from 18 to 16 in The Associated Press media poll and from 16 to 14 in the USA Today coaches rankings released on Sunday.

The Huskers (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) erased a 14-point halftime deficit to beat Penn State 32-23 Saturday, the Huskers' fourth come-from-behind win in six games. Receiver Kenny Bell says he knows people knock the Big Ten, but to win four games the way they have is a great accomplishment.

A win at home this week against Minnesota (6-4, 2-4 Big Ten) and one at Iowa (4-6, 2-4) next week would let the Huskers make good on coach Bo Pelini's public challenge to win out after that blowout loss at Ohio State on October 6th.

According to STATS LLC, Nebraska is among only three teams since 2000 to have come back from four second-half deficits of 10 or more points to win. The others are Arkansas in 2008 and UCLA in 2005. North Carolina State did it six times in 2000.

Oregon is No. 1 in the AP poll after Alabama gave up the top spot following a loss to Texas A&M on Saturday. The Ducks have 45 of 60 first-place votes. Kansas State is No. 2 with 14 first-place votes. Notre Dame is third and received one first-place vote.

The Crimson Tide, which had been No. 1 for 10 straight weeks, dropped to fourth after a 29-24 loss to the Aggies in Tuscaloosa. Texas A&M moved up six spots to No. 9.

The Ducks were last No. 1 in 2010. That was the first season in the history of the program that Oregon reached No. 1 and the Ducks spent seven weeks there and reached the BCS championship game, which they lost to Auburn.

No. 25 Kent State is ranked for the first time since November 5, 1973.

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