FourFour Two: Huskers get past Ohio State, 31-13
The Big Ten Conference has announced its preseason All-America team, which includes nine All-Americans and nine honorable mention All-American selections.
The 2017 class, which features five seniors and four sophomores, is ranked No. 21 in the country and No. 8 in the Big Ten, per the Associated Press.
The Huskers are ranked No: 2 in the AP’s preseason poll and No: 14 in the coaches’ poll.
The Huskers return eight starters from last year’s team, including six starters from the 2015 squad that earned a spot in the College Football Playoff.
The 2017 squad includes seven starters from a team that won the national championship in 2016, including seven seniors and two juniors.
The roster includes nine players from the 2016 squad that won a national title in 2016.
The squad features four seniors, four juniors and two sophomorians.
The last four players from that team were juniors: wide receiver Justin Jackson (Ohio State), linebacker Jordan Lewis (Ohio) and tight end/wide receiver Jake Heaps (Michigan State).
Jackson, Lewis and Heaps were the first four-year starters in the Huskers’ history to lead the Big 12 in receiving yards and touchdown catches.
They combined for a school-record 16,859 receiving yards last season.
Heaps has become the first Husker to catch more than 70 passes in his career.
He added 12 touchdowns and seven 100-yard games, while Jackson added five more.
The Buckeyes also returned five starters from an Ohio State team that finished third in the conference in total offense last season, with a whopping 6.1 yards per play.
Ohio State led the conference with 5,731 total yards last year.
Michigan State (5,569) and Oklahoma (5.5) followed with the fewest rushing yards per game.
The conference-leading Ohio State averaged 5.2 yards per carry, while Oklahoma averaged 5 yards per attempt.
The Big Ten season-opening game between the Buckeyes and Wolverines is Saturday at 5 p.m.
CT in Columbus, Ohio.
The game will be broadcast on ESPNU and streamed live at OSU.
The conference’s regular-season finale is Sunday, Dec. 5, at 9 p. and 11 p.
The first game of the Big Eight season is at 1 p. p. on ESPN.
The league opener is Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7 p. with the first game being on ESPN2.