Eight offensive players and seven defensive players were listed on the four Preseason All-Big Ten Teams. Beckum, Urbik and Gilreath (punt returner) were all listed on the Big Ten's first-team. RB P.J. Hill, OL Eric Vanden Heuvel, DL Matt Shaughnessy, LB Jonathan Casillas, LB DeAndre Levy and DB Shane Carter made the second-team All-Big Ten. The third-team consisted of WR Kyle Jefferson, OL Andy Kemp and OL Gabe Carimi. TE Garrett Graham, LB Elijah Hodge, DB Allen Langford and Gilreath, listed as a kick returner, was listed on the fourth-team All-Big Ten.
Phil Steele has the Badgers ranked as the No. 21 team in the nation entering the 2008 season. Last year the Badgers were ranked as high as fifth, but finished the season as the No. 21/24 team.