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Badgers debut at No. 10 in coaches poll


There's no doubt the college football season is coming now.

On the day the Wisconsin football team reports to begin fall camp in preparation for its Sept. 1 opener against UNLV, the Badgers were presented with a top-10 preseason ranking.

The defending Big Ten champions will enter the 2011 season ranked No. 10, according to the preseason edition of the USA Today Coaches Poll released Thursday. UW is the highest-ranked Big Ten team and one of five league schools to earn a spot in the top 25.

With their highest preseason ranking since 2007, the Badgers will start the season ranked among the top 10 for the fourth time in school history. UW also ranked 10th in the 1999 preseason poll, was fifth in 2000 and seventh in the 2007 edition.

The Badgers began their run to the Rose Bowl last season with a preseason ranking of No. 12.

Oklahoma holds down the No. 1 spot, with Alabama, Oregon, LSU and Florida State rounding out the top five. Stanford checks in at No. 6, followed by Boise State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and the Badgers.

The other Big Ten teams to earn a top-25 nod are league newcomer Nebraska (No. 11), Ohio State (No. 16), Michigan State (No. 17) and Penn State (No. 25). In addition, Iowa, Northwestern and Michigan also received votes.

Northern Illinois and Oregon State, two of the Badgers' non-conference foes, also received votes.

USA Today Coaches Poll - 2011 Preseason
1. Oklahoma (42)
2. Alabama (13
3. Oregon (2)
4. LSU (2)
5. Florida State
6. Stanford
7. Boise State
8. Oklahoma State
9. Texas A&M
10. Wisconsin
11. Nebraska
12. South Carolina
13. Virginia Tech.
14. Arkansas
15. TCU
16. Ohio State
17. Michigan State
18. Notre Dame
19. Auburn
20. Mississippi State
21. Missouri
22. Georgia
23. Florida
24. Texas
25. Penn State