Scott Frost

Nebraska coach Scott Frost and the Huskers will begin the preseason at No. 26 in the USA Today coaches poll. 

Nebraska barely missed being one of the coaches' 25 most-favored preseason teams. 

But the USA Today coaches poll identifies every team that received a vote, and the Huskers got plenty. They're No. 26 in the preseason poll released Thursday. 

Seven Big Ten teams — including three from the West division — made the top 25, more than any other league. However, the highest-ranked team, No. 5 Ohio State, is just outside the top four which would make the College Football Playoff. Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and Georgia — the four teams from the 2018 CFP — are predicted to finish Nos. 1-4. 

The Huskers, meanwhile, finished just nine points behind Northwestern for the No. 25 spot. Nebraska's 4-8 record last season was clearly not a hurdle for the sport's coaches. NU returns its starting quarterback, Adrian Martinez, and many of its top players on defense. 

Michigan was No. 7, followed by No. 14 Penn State, No. 17 Wisconsin, No. 19 Iowa, No. 20 Michigan State and No. 25 Northwestern. Minnesota received a single vote for the poll. 

Nebraska coach Scott Frost's former program, Central Florida, comes in at No. 17, tied with Wisconsin. 

Frost does have a vote in the coaches poll, but he said Thursday he didn't put the Huskers in his top 25.

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