Badgers Ranked 7th in Coaches' Poll

With expectation high on the Isthmus, the coaches poll gives Wisconsin its highest preseason ranking since 2000.

The Wisconsin football team is ranked seventh in the country according to the preseason USA Today Top 25 Coaches' Poll, released Friday. The only other time UW was ranked higher in the preseason poll was in 2000 when the Badgers started the season fifth.

Wisconsin is one of three Big Ten teams ranked in the top 10. Michigan checks in at No. 5 while Ohio State is 10th. Penn State rounds out the Big Ten teams in the rankings, placing 18th. Among the teams receiving votes are two of UW's first four opponents this season, Washington State and Iowa.

USC is the preseason No.1, receiving 45 of the 60 first-place votes. LSU is ranked second with Florida, Texas and Michigan rounding out the top five. LSU, Florida and Michigan joined USC in receiving first-place votes.

Wisconsin returns 18 starters from last year's record-breaking team that finished the season 12-1 and won the Capital One Bowl. The Badgers, whose 31 wins over the last three seasons are tied for the sixth-most in the country, enter 2007 having won their last nine games. That is the third-longest active winning streak in the country.

This is the 11th time in school history UW has appeared in the preseason Coaches' Poll, the first time since being ranked 22nd in 2004. Below is a list of the preseason rankings for the Badgers.

Year - USA Today Coaches' Poll Preseason Rank

1994 - 11th

1995 - 22nd

1997 - 24th

1998 - 20th

1999 - 10th

2000 - 5th

2001 - 23rd

2002 - 23rd

2003 - 20th

2004 - 22nd

2007 - 7th

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