Wisconsin starts out at No. 23 in Associated Press Top 25 poll

Wisconsin’s football team will begin the 2013 season ranked No. 23 in the Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll, which was released Saturday. 
The poll bears a striking resemblance to USA Today’s preseason Top 25 ratings, which were released Aug. 1 and also listed the Badgers at No. 23. Five Big Ten teams are included in both polls: Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern and Wisconsin.
Wisconsin earned 185 points, just behind No. 22 Northwestern (199) and ahead of No. 24 USC (134). Ohio State is ranked No. 2, Michigan No. 17 and Nebraska No. 18.
The voting panel this year consists of 60 media members, and 58 of them ranked Alabama first. Ohio State received one first-place vote, as did Georgia.
No. 23 Wisconsin opens its season Aug. 31 against UMass.
1. Alabama, 1,498 points (58 first-place votes)
2. Ohio State, 1,365 points (1 first-place vote)
3. Oregon, 1,335 points
4. Stanford, 1,294 points
5. Georgia, 1,249 points (1 first-place vote)
6. South Carolina, 1,154 points
7. Texas A&M, 1,104 points
8. Clemson, 1,083 points
9. Louisville, 1,042 points
10. Florida, 894 points
11. Florida State, 845 points
12. LSU, 802 points
13. Oklahoma State, 755 points
14. Notre Dame, 748 points
15. Texas, 677 points
16. Oklahoma, 579 points
17. Michigan, 531 points
18. Nebraska, 382 points
19. Boise State, 328 points
20. TC, 323 points
21. UCLA, 286 points
22. Northwestern, 199 points
23. Wisconsin, 185 points
24. USC, 134 points
25. Oregon State, 129 points

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