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Badgers tied for No. 17 in USA Today preseason coaches poll
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Badgers tied for No. 17 in USA Today preseason coaches poll

A.J. Taylor-coaches preseason poll

Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver A.J. Taylor (4) celebrates his go ahead touchdown catch late in the 4th quarter. The Wisconsin Badgers traveled to Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa Saturday Sept. 22, 2018 to play the Iowa Hawkeyes. Wisconsin won 28-17. STEVE APPS, STATE JOURNAL

The University of Wisconsin checked in at No. 17 in the USA Today preseason coaches poll, which was released Thursday morning.

The Badgers, in a tie with Central Florida at No. 17, are coming off a disappointing 8-5 season after garnering College Football Playoff hype throughout the 2018 offseason. Their No. 17 ranking breaks a streak of seven straight polls where UW missed out on the top 25.

Other ranked Big Ten programs include Ohio State (No. 5), Michigan (No. 7), Penn State (No. 14), Iowa (No. 19), Michigan State (No. 20) and Northwestern (No. 25).

Nebraska, picked as the Big Ten West favorite by conference media members two weeks ago, received the most votes among teams not in the top 25.

The Associated Press preseason poll will be released later this month.

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