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Badgers ranked #7 in 1st coaches poll

Discussion in 'College Sports' started by Pack93z, Aug 3, 2007.

  1. Pack93z

    Pack93z You retired too? .... Not me. I'm in my prime

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    I hope year two turns out as good as year one under coach B. Ranked ahead of OSU!

    Complete poll at bottom..


    UW No. 7 in USA Today coaches' poll
    Madison - As expected, the University of Wisconsin will open the 2007 college football season in the top 10 of the USA Today coaches' poll.

    UW was ranked No. 7 in the coaches' pre-season poll, released this morning. That is the Badgers' second-highest pre-season ranking in the poll. Coming off consecutive Rose Bowl victories, UW was ranked No. 5 to open the 2000 season.

    The 2007 Associated Press pre-season poll is set to be released Aug. 18.

    Southern California garnered the No. 1 ranking in the USA Today poll, followed by LSU, defending national champion Florida, Texas and Big Ten Conference pre-season favorite Michigan.

    West Virginia was ranked one spot ahead of UW at No. 6.

    Ohio State at No. 10 and Penn State at No. 18 were the only other Big Ten schools to crack the top 25.

    UW's representatives at the Big Ten pre-season meetings earlier this week in Chicago were asked repeatedly if they felt the Badgers deserved to be ranked in the top 10 nationally and if they should be included in the discussion of national title contenders.

    Senior wide receiver Luke Swan echoed what coach Bret Bielema has been saying throughout the summer:

    Fretting over the national polls is a waste of energy.

    "You can't too wrapped up in all that attention," Swan said. "If you look at last year, we were (unranked) going into the season and we ended up a lot higher than that."

    UW opened the season out of the top 25 in both polls but won 12 of 13 games, with the only loss coming at Michigan in the teams' Big Ten opener. The Badgers finished No. 5 in the USA Today poll and No. 7 in The AP poll.

    "The same thing could be said about this year," Swan continued. "We're ranked high, but how realistic is that? You can't necessarily trust what the pre-season rankings say because in reality that's not what matters.

    "To be able to predict the future...that's impossible. So to look at those pre-season rankings and get a lot out of them, you can't do that."

    UW opens pre-season camp on Monday and opens the season on Sept. 1 against visiting Washington State. The Cougars finished 6-6 last season and last month were picked eighth in the Pacific 10 Conference pre-season poll.

    Complete Poll..

    1. Southern California (45) 11-2 1,481 4
    2. LSU (4) 11-2 1,372 3
    3. Florida (9) 13-1 1,278 1
    4. Texas 10-3 1,231 13
    5. Michigan (2) 11-2 1,218 9
    6. West Virginia 11-2 1,205 10
    7. Wisconsin 12-1 1,114 5
    8. Oklahoma 11-3 1,026 11
    9. Virginia Tech 10-3 1,005 18
    10. Ohio State 12-1 919 2
    11. Louisville 12-1 836 7
    12. California 10-3 763 14
    13. Georgia 9-4 604 NR
    14. Auburn 11-2 595 8
    15. Tennessee 9-4 583 23
    16. Rutgers 11-2 466 12
    17. UCLA 7-6 454 NR
    18. Penn State 9-4 440 25
    19. Nebraska 9-5 388 NR
    20. Arkansas 10-4 360 16
    21. Florida State 7-6 301 NR
    22. TCU 11-2 233 21
    23. Boise State 13-0 222 6
    24. Hawaii 11-3 214 24
    25. Texas A&M 9-4 209 NR
     
  2. yooperfan

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    Who will be the Badgers QB this year?
     
  3. PackerLegend

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    they must have made a mistake the Badgers are #1


    :D
     
  4. Pack93z

    Pack93z You retired too? .... Not me. I'm in my prime

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    Well I would bet on Donovan... but the kid, Elenridge (sp?) that transfered from K state, might get some playing time. To me, he looks to have the more natural talent, but Donovan just wants it badly from what I have heard in Madtown.
     
  5. BearDown!

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    In my opinion, Florida is ranked too high. Offensively, they're set. But, on their defense they only have one returning starter.
     
  6. uwbadger12000

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    You mean Alan Evridge?
     
  7. Pack93z

    Pack93z You retired too? .... Not me. I'm in my prime

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    Yep that is the kid... I was in a hurry that day to look it up. Probably the biggest question of the 2007 Badgers.
     
  8. uwbadger12000

    uwbadger12000 Cheesehead

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    Well, Tyler Donovan was named the starting quarterback.
     
  9. Pack93z

    Pack93z You retired too? .... Not me. I'm in my prime

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    Well looky looky here... CNNSI is giving the Badgers some serious props ... a premature meaningless poll but still [​IMG]

    Date Bowl Matchup
    Jan. 1 Rose Michigan (Big Ten champ) vs. Rutgers (BCS at-large)
    Jan. 1 Sugar Florida (BCS at-large) vs. Oklahoma (BCS at-large)
    Jan. 2 Fiesta Texas (Big 12 champ) vs. Wisconsin (BCS at-large)
    Jan. 3 Orange Virginia Tech (ACC champ) vs. West Virginia (Big East champ)
    Jan. 7 BCS Title USC (BCS No. 1) vs. LSU (BCS No. 2)

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/20...review/2007/08/24/bowl.projections/index.html
     
  10. spardo62

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    Back to back weeks with Michigan and Ohio State will go a long way to determining if they are an elite or just very good team. They need to split and go unbeaten in other games if they are BCS material.

    As much as I want them to end the year top 10, I think they will lose 1 or the BIG 2, and possibly slip in another game - leaving them in a situation comparable to last year(the best or second best non-BCS team).
     
  11. IronMan

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    Yeah they should've got a BCS bowl last season. They got screwed I think. I know that's the rule, that two teams from the same conference can't both go to a BCS bolw in the same year, but no way did Notre Dame deserve to go.
     
  12. uwbadger12000

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    Notre Dame never deserves to go. Lou Holtz makes it impossible to pull for ND with all of his homerism.
     
  13. IronMan

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    And when he talks he sounds like he’s choking on his own saliva. Very annoying.
     

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