StaTuesday: The best (and worst) Badgers preseason rankings

With the release of the AP Top 25 poll on Monday, FOX Sports Wisconsin looks at the history of the preseason poll with the Wisconsin Badgers.

The Associated Press released its preseason Top 25 list for the upcoming season on Monday, and it slotted the Wisconsin Badgers at No. 9 overall.

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It marked the ninth time in program history that the Badgers have been ranked a top-10 team before their first game since the preseason poll’s debut in 1950.

Of those eight complete seasons, the Badgers lived up to original expectations and finished the season in the top-10 three times: in 1959 and 1954, a pair of seven-win teams coached by Milt Bruhn and Ivy Williamson, respectively, and in 1999.

Wisconsin’s best preseason rank came in 2000, just a few months after a 17-9 win in the Rose Bowl over Stanford wrapped up the 10-win 1999 season.

The biggest jump from the preseason to the final AP poll in program history was Bruhn’s 8-2 team in 1962 that went from unranked to No. 2 overall, the best season-ending mark for the Badgers.

Wisconsin wasn’t ranked in the AP preseason poll from 1964-93.

Year Preseason ranking Final ranking
2017 9
2016 NR 9
2015 20 21
2014 14 13
2013 23 22
2012 12 NR
2011 11 10
2010 12 7
2009 NR 16
2008 13 NR
2007 7 24
2006 NR 7
2005 NR 15
2004 21 17
2003 21 NR
2002 25 NR
2001 22 NR
2000 4 23
1999 10 4
1998 20 6
1997 24 NR
1996 NR NR
1995 21 NR
1994 10 NR
1993 NR 6
1992 NR NR
1991 NR NR
1990 NR NR
1989 NR NR
1988 NR NR
1987 NR NR
1986 NR NR
1985 NR NR
1984 NR NR
1983 NR NR
1982 NR NR
1981 NR NR
1980 NR NR
1979 NR NR
1978 NR NR
1977 NR NR
1976 NR NR
1975 NR NR
1974 NR NR
1973 NR NR
1972 NR NR
1971 NR NR
1970 NR NR
1969 NR NR
1698 NR NR
1967 NR NR
1966 NR NR
1965 NR NR
1964 NR NR
1963 7 NR
1962 NR 2
1961 NR NR
1960 NR NR
1959 6 6
1958 14 7
1957 NR 19
1956 NR NR
1955 14 NR
1954 9 9
1953 NR 15
1952 7 11
1951 15 8
1950 NR NR