Different poll, same story.
The Associated Press' preseason college football poll ranks the Huskers No. 18 in the nation, the same spot as the USA Today preseason coaches poll released at the beginning of the month.
Both polls place the Huskers one spot behind Legends Division rival Michigan and well behind Big Ten favorite Ohio State, ranked No. 2 in both preseason polls.
Nebraska is one of five Big Ten teams to join the top 25, along with Ohio State, Michigan (17), Northwestern (22) and Wisconsin (23).
NU does not play the Buckeyes this season, but faces UCLA, ranked No. 21, on Sept. 14, Northwestern on Nov. 2 and Michigan on Nov. 9. Nebraska finished the 2012 campaign 10-4, losing 45-31 to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl.
Alabama will begin this season the way it ended the last two — No. 1.
Nick Saban's two-time defending national champions are top-ranked in the AP preseason poll, with the Crimson Tide trying to become the first team to win three straight national titles.
Much like the BCS championship game against Notre Dame, the vote was an Alabama landslide. The Tide received 58 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel Saturday to easily outdistance No. 2 Ohio State. Alabama matched Florida in 2009 for the highest percentage of first-place votes received in the 63-year history of the preseason rankings.
The Buckeyes received one first-place vote.
Oregon is No. 3, followed by Stanford and Georgia, which received the other first-place vote.
Notre Dame, coming off a 42-14 loss in the BCS championship game to Alabama, is No. 14.
Alabama won its record ninth AP national championship last season and its third BCS title in the last four years under Saban. It also became the first team to win back-to-back BCS championships.
The Tide is AP preseason No. 1 for the fourth time, and first since 2010. The only time has Alabama started and finished No. 1 was 1978, when Bear Bryant led the Crimson Tide to the fourth of its five national championships with him as coach.
Now Saban’s Tide is trying to accomplish something Bear’s boys never could. Twice Alabama won back-to-back championships under Bryant, but couldn’t get the third.
Alabama also will try to run the Southeastern Conference’s streak of national championships to eight. For the second straight year, half the top 10 teams to start the season are from the SEC. Joining Alabama and Georgia are South Carolina at No. 6, Texas A&M at No. 7 and Florida at No. 10.
The second 10 in the preseason rankings starts with No. 11 Florida State. No. 12 LSU gives the SEC six teams in the rankings, more than any other conference. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have five.
The Big 12 has four teams ranked, all between Nos. 13-20, starting with Oklahoma State. Texas is No. 15, Oklahoma is No. 16 and TCU is No. 20.
1. Alabama (58)
2. Ohio State (1)
5. Georgia (1)
6. South Carolina
7. Texas A&M
11. Florida State
13. Oklahoma State
14. Notre Dame
19. Boise State
25. Oregon State