Wisconsin No. 9 in AP Top 25, Marquis Williams chooses Pitt and ESPN announcers set for opener

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Polls, oddsmakers like Wisconsin

A year after not being ranked at all, the Badgers will start the 2017 season at No. 9 in the AP Top 25 poll. It’s the highest starting point for Wisconsin in the poll since 2007. The Badgers also now have the same odds to win the national title as Penn State and Michigan, according to the Bovada Superbook.

Marquis Williams chooses Pittsburgh

Wisconsin was among the finalists for 3-star cornerback Marquis Williams, but the Class of 2018 prospect announced Monday night he had chosen Pittsburgh. Williams’ recruit may not be done, though, as the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., prospect is expected to take all five of his official visits.

Announcing team set for opener

Fans not at Camp Randall Stadium for the season opener on Sept. 1 against Utah State will hear the grouping of Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek and Molly McGrath on ESPN.

Chris Orr, Ryan Connelly to fill Jack Cichy’s role

As Jesse Temple writes, there are options other than junior Ryan Connelly and sophomore Chris Orr to fill the void created by inside linebacker Jack Cichy’s injury. But defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard told the Big Ten Network the two veterans are head and shoulders above everyone else at this point.

The latest on Wisconsin’s 2018 recruiting class

The Badgers spent most of the summer wrapping up their commits for the Class of 2018, but rankings are always shifting throughout the late summer and fall. Here’s the latest on where the recruits and the class stand overall.

Nick Nelson looks like a star

Two years ago, as a member of the Hawaii football team, Nick Nelson was covering former Wisconsin wide receiver Alex Erickson. Now, those within the Badgers program are expecting the junior cornerback to be the next big star on the defense and haven’t been afraid to tell anyone that will listen, writes Jason Galloway of the Wisconsin State Journal.

Wisconsin a playoff dark horse

It may not be fair to list the Badgers as a playoff dark horse seeing as how they are a consensus top-10 team to start the year, but that’s exactly what College Football Talk did.

Matt Jurusik leaves Wisconsin hockey

Junior goalie Matt Jurusik has left the Wisconsin hockey program, according to Todd Milewski of the Wisconsin State Journal. Milewski indicates it may be due to the arrival of graduate transfer Kyle Hayton, an All-American at St. Lawrence.

Joe Schobert impresses

While much of the focus this preseason has been on Pittsburgh Steelers rookie T.J. Watt, it was another former Wisconsin outside linebacker that had himself a game on Monday night. Joe Schobert, now in his second year in the NFL, racked up 5 tackles and 1 sack in the first half in Cleveland’s matchup with New York.

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