The Wisconsin Badgers are ranked seventh in the preseason coaches football poll released Thursday. Ohio State was the highest-ranked Big Ten Conference team at number-three. Penn State was ranked ninth, Michigan State 12th and Michigan number-14. The coaches picked defending national champion Alabama to top the poll, followed by Clemson. The Badgers would only play Ohio State or Michigan State in the conference championship game, but they play at Michigan October 13th and at Penn State November 10th.