The coaches' poll is out! For college football fans, that means we're that much closer to the start of the 2010 season and five months full of football.
So, as we take a look at the preseason poll, how do the Wisconsin Badgers stack up against the best teams in the nation?
With almost their entire offense and a good portion of their defense returning from last year's 10-3 squad, many thought the Badgers would be a preseason top 15 team.
They were right.
The Badgers came in at the No. 12 spot in the coaches' poll, behind Big Ten opponents Ohio State (No. 2) and Iowa (No. 10).
Now, the question is whether Wisconsin is actually deserving of these preseason accolades.
And, personally, if I had create my own top 25, I wouldn't move the Badgers from their No. 12 ranking.
Wisconsin is sandwiched between Oregon (No. 11) and Miami (FL) (No. 13) and honestly, that's where they belong.
Oregon is expected to win the Pac-10, but without quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, don't deserve to be in the top 10.
Miami is expected to compete for the ACC title, but Wisconsin defeated them last year in the Champs Sports Bowl. Fittingly, the Badgers eked them out in the preseason top 25 coaches' poll.
There's no way voters could put them ahead of teams like Nebraska, TCU, or Florida. Every team that's ahead of Wisconsin in the polls deserves to be.
Every team behind the Badgers (squads like Penn State, LSU, and Georgia Tech) deserves to be.
There's really no other way of putting it: Wisconsin is exactly where they deserve to be.
Starting out the year as the No. 12 team doesn't exactly suggest that the team is a national title contender, but it does hint at it. If the Badgers were to go undefeated this year, moving up to the No. 1 or No. 2 slot would be no problem based on this preseason ranking.
And with the team having to face only two ranked opponents all year (Iowa and Ohio State), there is a distinct possibility that a national championship appearance could happen.
Coaches, job well done. The Badgers are right where they should be.