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Nebraska Football picked 5th in Big Ten West and more Cornhuskers news



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The media poll is out and has Nebraska football picked to finish fifth in the Big Ten West, plus more Cornhuskers news.

Nebraska football fans have been drinking the Matt Rhule Kool-Aid, but it’s clear that members of the Big Ten media haven’t been as the Nebraska Cornhuskers were picked to finish fifth in the Big Ten West in the annual Big Ten Media poll put out by

37 media members are allowed to vote and 27 of them selected Michigan as the preseason favorite. In the Big Ten West, Wisconsin got the nod, with Iowa as a close second. Minnesota was picked to finish third, followed by Illinois, and then Nebraska.

Purdue, the defending Big Ten West champion, was picked to finish sixth under first-year head coach Ryan Walters. Northwestern was picked to finish last.

It’s hard to argue too much at this point with where Nebraska football is placed. The Cornhuskers have won seven games over the last two seasons and have had six consecutive losing seasons.

It’s wild to think that only once in the last six years, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have won more than four games when Tom Osborne didn’t have a single season with four losses in his entire career.

Just shows how far this Nebraska football program has fallen, but with Rhule in charge, the foundation is being rebuilt.

Nebraska hosting a recruiting “cookout”

We talked about of the unofficial visitors that will visit Nebraska football this weekend — namely Caleb Benning and EDGE Devoux Tuataga.

But those won’t be the only recruits on campus this weekend as Nebraska football will be hosting a slew of commitments too and I’m hoping some 2025 recruits in a cookout event teased by Daniel Kaelin, the 2024 quarterback commitment for the Huskers who said he would be in attendance.

I’m sure we’ll see more graphics like this being tweeted out over the next few days. It’s good to see Kaelin get back on campus but it’s not surprising with all of the peer recruiting he has done this cycle.

In a big-picture sense, I like the idea of the cookout. Most other programs have made this final unofficial visit weekend sort of an event such as Michigan’s BBQ. Texas A&M and LSU also have big events and they aren’t alone. So this is a smart move by Matt Rhule.

Nebraska football still has work to do in the 2024 class and this will make that experience more enjoyable for guys like Benning and Tuataga. Plus, it could also be a way of getting more 2025 recruits on campus, which is also what this weekend should be about.

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Chris has worked in sports journalism since 2005 writing for multiple newspapers and websites such as the Bleacher Report and Fansided before starting Husker Big Red, A fan site for hardcore followers of the #Huskers offering articles, podcasts, videos and more exclusive content on all things Nebraska