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Wisconsin ranked No. 18 in preseason USA Today Coaches poll

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The Badgers begin the season as a top-20 team in the eyes of the coaches.

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The Wisconsin Badgers will begin the season No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. That's fairly reasonable considering sure Wisconsin finished last season (11-3, win over Auburn in Outback Bowl) and what it lost since then (Melvin Gordon, two offensive linemen and some defensive players up front).

Other Big Ten teams in the top 25 include No. 1 Ohio State (no surprise there) and No. 6 Michigan State (a little high, no?).

These are just preseason rankings, of course, but how are you feeling about them?

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Ohio State 14-1 1598 62 NR
2 TCU 12-1 1487 1 NR
3 Alabama 12-2 1452 1 NR
4 Baylor 11-2 1365 NR
5 Oregon 13-2 1260 NR
6 Michigan State 11-2 1230 NR
7 Auburn 8-5 1103 NR
8 Florida State 13-1 1057 NR
9 Georgia 10-3 1026 NR
10 USC 9-4 1014 NR
11 Notre Dame 8-5 883 NR
12 Clemson 10-3 838 NR
13 LSU 8-5 727 NR
14 UCLA 10-3 697 NR
15 Ole Miss 9-4 668 NR
16 Arizona State 10-3 577 NR
17 Georgia Tech 11-3 573 NR
18 Wisconsin 11-3 470 NR
19 Oklahoma 8-5 407 NR
20 Arkansas 7-6 377 NR
21 Stanford 8-5 365 NR
22 Arizona 10-4 299 NR
23 Missouri 11-3 229 NR
24 Boise State 12-2 190 NR
25 Tennessee 7-6 166 NR