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Nebraska head coach Scott Frost answers questions about fall camp on Aug. 1 during a press conference at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska will take the field against South Alabama on Aug. 31 as the nation's No. 24 team.

That's where The Associated Press voters have the Huskers in their preseason top 25 poll, which was released Monday. Nebraska is the only team in the top 25 to have finished with a losing record (4-8) in 2018.

In fact, the AP reported that no team has had a worse record one year and been ranked in the preseason poll the next since Alabama went 3-8 in 2000 and checked in at No. 25 the next summer. 

This year, NU is sandwiched between No. 23 Washington State and Stanford.

The Big Ten was, as expected, heavily represented in the initial poll, featuring seven teams.

Clemson led the way at No. 1, Alabama followed at No. 2 and Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State rounded out the top five. Michigan is seventh.

Nebraska hasn’t appeared in a preseason AP poll since 2014 (No. 22) and hasn't finished a season ranked in the top 25 since 2012 (No. 25). The Huskers finished the season unranked 11 of the past 17 years and hasn’t had a top 10 finish since 2001 (No. 8).

The top 25

1. Clemson (15-0 in 2018)

2. Alabama (14-1)

3. Georgia (11-3)

4. Oklahoma (12-2)

5. Ohio State (12-2)

6. LSU (10-3)

7. Michigan (8-5)

8. Florida (10-3)

9. Notre Dame (12-1)

10. Texas (10-4)

11. Oregon (9-4)

12. Texas A&M (7-6)

13. Washington (10-4)

14. Utah (9-5)

15. Penn State (9-4)

16. Auburn (8-5)

17. UCF (13-0)

18. Michigan State (10-3)

19. Wisconsin (8-5)

20. Iowa (8-5)

21. Iowa State (8-5)

22. Syracuse (10-3)

23. Washington State (11-2)

24. Nebraska (4-8)

25. Stanford (9-4)

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Sports writer

Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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