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2018 Preseason AP Poll: Wisconsin Higher On Rankings than on Odds Sheet

Alex Kilpatrick

by Alex Kilpatrick in College Football

Updated Aug 20, 2018 · 1:28 PM PDT

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Wisconsin are ranked higher in the AP Preseason Poll than in any other recent ranking. Photo by Stephanie Caine [CC License].
  • The AP Preseason College Football Rankings came out today
  • There’s a couple interesting points, but Wisconsin #4 is the most interesting
  • How the betting market ranks Wisconsin

The preseason AP Poll came out today, and it’s something you should care about. It no longer affects the National Championship picture but it’s still the most authoritative preseason ranking.

The biggest surprise is that the AP listed the Wisconsin Badgers fourth, ahead of conference rival Ohio State. Someone even gave the Badgers a first-place vote, which is just incredible. Good for Wisconsin!

AP Poll vs Betting Odds

AP Poll Rank Team Average Nat’l Championship Odds
1 Alabama +180
2 Clemson +350
3 Georgia +725
4 Wisconsin +1850
5 Ohio State +780
6 Washington +1350
7 Oklahoma +1950
8 Miami +2300
9 Auburn +2650
10 Penn State +2150

As you can see, Wisconsin fits in somewhere after Ohio State on the odds sheet, but sneaks in ahead on the preseason rankings. It’s hard to imagine that Ohio State’s odds aren’t at least partially affected by the fact that head coach Urban Meyer may well be fired soon.

It’s also strange to see Michigan outside the top 10. Perhaps pollsters don’t want to give Michigan credit for securing Shea Patterson in quasi-free agency.

The transfer from Ole Miss could be the missing piece that the Wolverines need to finally win the Big Ten, and the betting market has Michigan at +1200 to win the national title.

Wisconsin National Championship Odds

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Wisconsin’s average odds have floated around +2000 the entire offseason, and they’re something of a hipster pick for the National Championship.

They’ve never made the four-team College Football Playoff and have not won the Big Ten since the Playoff was put in place. The Badgers are third in the Big Ten in average odds to win the national title, behind Ohio State and Michigan.

Wisconsin Rankings, Compiled

Ranking System Wisconsin Ranking
College Football Playoff Final Ranking (2017) #6
AP Poll Final Rankings (2017) #7
AP Poll Preseason Rankings (2018) #4
S&P+ Final Rankings (2017) #6
S&P+ Preseason Projection (2018) #12

The AP Poll Preseason Rankings is the highest Wisconsin have been ranked by any system for a long time. Hopefully, Paul Chryst’s Badgers can live up to their high billing.

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