Story by WRN/Bill Scott
The Wisconsin Badgers will open the 2017 college football season ranked 9th in the country in the Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll. The Badgers rank number-10 in the Amway coaches poll, which was released earlier this month.
The last time Wisconsin opened the season as a consensus top-10 team was Bret Bielema’s second season as head coach in 2007.
A total of four Big Ten Teams are ranked in the top 25. Ohio State is ranked number-2, behind top ranked Alabama. Penn State is sixth, followed by Wisconsin at number-9 and Michigan at number-11.
The Badgers finished last season at number-9 in both polls last season after their Cotton Bowl victory over Western Michigan.
The Badgers will open the season Friday, Sept. 1 against Utah State at Camp Randall Stadium. They won’t face Ohio State or Penn State and will host Michigan on Nov. 18 in Madison.