Badgers 10th in pre-season USA Today coaches poll

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Badgers 10th in pre-season USA Today coaches poll

CREATED Aug 4, 2011

The college football season is drawing nearer, and USA Today has released their pre-season top 25 poll. The Wisconsin Badgers check in at number 10, two positions higher than their 2010 pre-season ranking.

The fact the Badgers are in the pre-season top 10 is not a surprise, but it is interesting that Wisconsin is the highest rated Big Ten team.

Nebraska is the next highest ranked at #11, followed by Ohio State at #16, Michigan State at #17, and Penn State at #25.

Oklahoma topped the poll receiving 42 first place votes. The rest of the top ten include Alabama, Oregon, LSU, Florida State, Stanford, Boise State, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M.

View the complete top 25 poll here.

The Badgers will open their season with a night game on Thursday, September 1st at Camp Randall Stadium.

Their first big test will come in the Big Ten opener on October 1st against Nebraska at Camp Randall. It's scheduled to start at 7:00pm. I'm guessing Madison will be an interesting place to be that day, not only for the game, but for the hours of...cough...pre-game activity.

I'll see you at Monday's after the game.