The first AP top 25 preseason poll was released on Sunday morning — a list that did not include the Wisconsin Badgers.
As with the coaches poll, UW begins the 2016 season as an unranked program heading into its Sept. 3 matchup against LSU at Lambeau Field. Running back Leonard Fournette and the Tigers debut at No. 5.
Wisconsin received 42 votes, behind six other teams left off the first poll. As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Jeff Potrykus and Wisconsin State Journal’s Jason Galloway both noted, it’s the first time since 2009 that Wisconsin’s been left off both polls to start the season.
Four Big Ten programs ranked in the first poll include Ohio State (No. 6), Michigan (No. 7), Michigan State (No. 12) and Iowa (No. 17), all of whom the Badgers face during the season. Three of those conference games are on the road, with the Buckeyes returning to Camp Randall Stadium on Oct. 15.
Preseason AP Top 25
- Alabama (33 first-place votes)
- Clemson (16)
- Oklahoma (4)
- Florida State (5)
- LSU (1)
- Ohio State (1)
- Michigan (1)
- Notre Dame
- Michigan State
- Oklahoma State
- North Carolina
Others receiving votes: Miami 159, Texas A&M 81, Utah 74, Washington St. 68, Boise St. 49, San Diego St. 46, Wisconsin 42, Auburn 22, Pittsburgh 15, Arkansas 14, Texas 12, Nebraska 11, Navy 8, Northwestern 5, W. Kentucky 4, South Florida 2, Toledo 2