Rankings begin to roll in for Badgers

FB_110629_Henry_Aaron.jpgThe annual flood of preseason football rankings has begun with a trickle, as both Blue Ribbon Yearbook and Sporting News have released their early rundowns.

Both think highly of the defending Big Ten champion Badgers.

Sporting News' version, penned by Matt Hayes, delves deep by ranking the entire Football Bowl Subdivision, from No. 1 all the way to No. 120.

Badgers fans don't have to read that far down, however. Hayes has the Badgers pegged at No. 10 and quotes head coach Bret Bielema as, "Excited to be in the top 10! It's a great recognition of what we've accomplished in the past and what our team expects and is working to achieve in the future."

UW ranks second-highest among Big Ten teams, with new member Nebraska one spot ahead at No. 9. Sporting News also has the teams that shared the league's crown with Wisconsin in 2010 -- Michigan State and Ohio State -- among its top 20. The Spartans check in at No. 14, with the Buckeyes slotted 17th.

With Penn State at No. 24, the Big Ten owns one-fifth of the Sporting News' top 25.

LSU is the magazine's preseason favorite, ahead of No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 Alabama. Stanford and Oregon round out the top five.

Blue Ribbon Yearbook goes a different way with its top pick, seating the Sooners at No. 1. Alabama checks in at No. 2, with LSU, Stanford and Oregon completing the top five.

More importantly, Blue Ribbon pegs the Badgers at No. 13. That's four spots back of the top Big Ten team in its rankings, No. 9 Nebraska.

Also representing the league are Michigan State at No. 15 at Ohio State at No. 18.

Sporting News College Football Top 120

Top 25 (Complete Listing)
  1. LSU
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Alabama
  4. Stanford
  5. Oregon
  6. Boise State
  7. Florida State
  8. Oklahoma State
  9. Nebraska
10. Wisconsin
11. Arkansas
12. Texas A&M
13. Virginia Tech
14. Michigan State
15. Notre Dame
16. South Carolina
17. Ohio State
18. Auburn
19. TCU
20. Mississippi State
21. Utah
22. West Virginia
23. Arizona State
24. Penn State
25. USC

Blue Ribbon Yearbook Preseason Top 25

  1. Oklahoma
  2. Alabama
  3. LSU
  4. Stanford
  5. Oregon
  6. Boise State
  7. Florida State
  8. Texas A&M
  9. Nebraska
10. South Carolina
11. Virginia Tech
12. Oklahoma State
13. Wisconsin
14. Arkansas
15. Michigan State
16. Georgia
17. TCU
18. Ohio State
19. Notre Dame
20. Arizona State
21. Mississippi State
22. USC
23. West Virginia
24. Missouri
25. Southern Miss