High expectations have followed Wisconsin’s football team since the Badgers opened fall camp in late July. And with the season opener arriving in 11 days, such a lofty outlook continues to be reflected in the national rankings.
Wisconsin ranks No. 9 in the initial Associated Press Top-25 poll, which was released Monday. The Badgers are behind Big Ten teams Ohio State (No. 2) and Penn State (No. 6) but finish in front of Michigan (No. 11). The last time Wisconsin cracked the top 10 in the AP preseason poll came in 2007, when the Badgers were seventh. This marks the eighth time in program history that Wisconsin opens the season in the AP top 10.
Wisconsin also is ranked 10th in the USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll, which was revealed Aug. 3.
The Badgers are the overwhelming favorite to win the Big Ten West for a second consecutive season. In a Cleveland.com poll of 38 media members who cover the league, Wisconsin earned 31 first-place votes in the West.
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