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Way-too-early 2015 Big Ten football power rankings

5. Nebraska Cornhuskers

ncf_mikeriley3_ms_600x400First year of a coaching change is always a tricky one, but it could be especially tricky for a Huskers team in extreme transition. Not only is there no more Ameer Abdullah at running back, but there’s no Kenny Bell and two of the three guys up the middle in the offensive line will be gone as well.

It also will be interesting to see how the Huskers transition to a much more pro-style offense under head coach Mike Riley. There are a lot of questions about Tommy Armstrong’s ability to be what is needed from this team going forward.

Could that mean Johnny Stanton or other options get a chance to start for this team? We’ll see, and it will be the position that will dictate just how quickly the transition works.

Defensively this team loses Randy Gregory and four seniors, including two of three starting linebackers. However, that may not be the worst thing in the world given the propensity of this team to give up a ton of points and yards in the past.

This team has plenty of talent left over from last season, and it could be that a fresh attitude and new coaching staff is exactly what the doctor ordered. This team may be the toughest of all to figure out sitting here in January, but it’s one to keep an eye on come the end of spring, that’s for sure.

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Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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