Nebraska barely held on for spots in the final Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls despite its back-to-back losses to finish the season.
The Huskers were No. 25 in the final AP ratings, finishing 10-4 after the 70-31 loss to unranked Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game and 45-31 setback to Georgia in the Capital One Bowl. They were No. 23 in the coaches poll.
Georgia (12-2) was ranked No. 4 in the coaches poll and No. 5 in the AP ratings. The AP Top 25 was topped by Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State and Notre Dame (Ohio State is not part of the coaches poll because of probation).
NU settled for lower rungs after its third straight bowl loss. The Huskers were No. 24 in both polls after a 30-13 loss to South Carolina in last season’s Capital One Bowl, and came home No. 19 and No. 20 in 2010 after getting beat 19-7 by Washington in the Holiday Bowl.
Nebraska was No. 14 after the 2009 season, when it just missed winning a Big 12 championship (13-12 loss to Texas) and then destroyed Arizona 33-0 in the Holiday Bowl.
The last time Nebraska did not finish a season in the final rankings? It was 2008 after a 9-4 season that included a 26-21 win over Clemson in the Gator Bowl.