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Badgers ranked in preseason AP Top 25

Badgers ranked in preseason AP Top 25

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Badgers, Ferguson celebrate

Wisconsin tight end Jake Ferguson celebrates a touchdown last season at Illinois. The Badgers were ranked 12th in the preseason AP Top 25 poll on Monday. 

The unprecedented nature of the college football season means the Associated Press Top 25 poll will look different this year.

The preseason poll, which was released Monday, considered all Division I teams despite a number of conferences such as the Big Ten and Pac-12 announcing they won’t hold games this fall. After games begin, voters will consider only the teams playing this fall for the poll.

As of Monday, 67 of the 130 Football Bowl Subdivision teams are playing this fall.

The University of Wisconsin was ranked 12th in the preseason poll, marking the fourth consecutive year the team has been ranked in the preseason. The Badgers, who finished last season ranked 11th, are coming off a 10-4 season in which they won the Big Ten West Division and earned a Rose Bowl berth.

UW is one of six Big Ten teams ranked in the poll, joining No. 2 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 16 Michigan, No. 19 Minnesota and No. 24 Iowa.

Nine teams ranked in the preseason poll aren’t playing this fall.

If there is a spring season, the AP plans to conduct a weekly poll then as well.

The AP will release its preseason All-American team on Tuesday, which will consider all Division I players. Postseason awards will consider only those who played this fall.

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