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Not surprising but perhaps further motivating, Nebraska found itself outside the Top 25 in the preseason AP poll released Sunday afternoon.

Ohio State was a unanimous No. 1, receiving all 61 first-place votes. Michigan State was fifth, Wisconsin was 20th.

The Huskers, who were also unranked in the preseason coaches' poll, received six points from voting media members, making them the equivalent of 34th entering the 2015 season.

It's the first time since 1950 that neither Nebraska, Texas or Florida appeared in the Top 25. It marks the first time since 2008 that NU begins the season not ranked.

Before fall camp, Husker junior defensive tackle Maliek Collins said he's not worrying about lack of preseason love for Nebraska. He's OK with this team lying in the weeds.

"You come here, you got no expectations (nationally),” Collins said. “They want us to just fly under the radar. We’ll come in here, we’re going to win them all, hopefully.”

The Huskers will get their chance to impress early against the likes of BYU and Miami, and has fifth-ranked Michigan State coming to Lincoln on Nov. 7.

While Ohio State is viewed as the clear favorite at the top, ESPN's Brett McMuprhy pointed out that since 1976, seven teams that have received more than 90 percent of the first-place votes in the preseason poll all failed to win the national title. (The 1995 Huskers were actually ranked second in the preseason AP poll, believe it or not.)

The full rankings:

1. Ohio State (61) 1,525 points

2. TCU 1,428

3. Alabama 1,322

4. Baylor 1,263

5. Michigan State 1,256

6. Auburn 1,192

7. Oregon 1,156

8. USC 1,085

9. Georgia 991

10. Florida State 959

11. Notre Dame 873

12. Clemson 862

13. UCLA 698

14. LSU 675

15. Arizona State 605

16. Georgia Tech 588

17. Ole Miss 563

18. Arkansas 410

19. Oklahoma 394

20. Wisconsin 393

21. Stanford 347

22. Arizona 311

23. Boise State 240

24. Missouri 219

25. Tennessee 114

Others receiving votes: Mississippi State 100; Texas A&M 61; Oklahoma State 46; Virginia Tech 42; Utah 36; Penn State 20; Louisville 12; Cincinnati 8; Nebraska 6; Kansas State 5; NC State 4; Florida 4; Texas 3; Michigan 2; Northern Illinois 2; Brigham Young 2; West Virginia 1; California 1; Western Kentucky 1.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7439 or bchristopherson@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.

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