You know the college football season is getting closer with the release of the 2014 preseason AP poll on Sunday afternoon. No surprise at number one as Florida State took those honors. The Wisconsin Badgers landed at the 14th spot, the same spot they find themselves in the Amway Coaches poll.
Right ahead of the Badgers sitting at number 13 are the LSU Tigers, Wisconsin’s opponent on August 30th to open the season in Houston, Texas. Also the same spot the Tigers are in regards to the coaches poll.
Both teams have question marks coming into the 2014 season, especially Wisconsin. Quarterbacks Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy are still in the thick of their competition of who will end up being the team’s starters. The receiver position is another one in limbo as to who will fill the shoes of Jared Abbrederis. Although a near impossible feat, there are three freshmen quickly emerging and stepping up to the plate the best they can this year.
The biggest question mark for the Badgers however is with the defensive front seven. With a lot of talent gone off to the NFL, Wisconsin has some holes to fill but defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is starting to see his front seven take shape. Redshirt freshman defensive end Chikwe Obasih could have a breakout season this year. Nose guard Warren Herring, a redshirt senior, will be looked upon as a leader for this young defensive group.
Top 10 of the 2014 preseason AP poll looks like this:
1. Florida State (57)
2. Alabama (1)
3. Oregon (1)
4. Oklahoma (1)
5. Ohio State
8. Michigan State
9. South Carolina
In my opinion, what this top four looks like could very well be the top four at the end of the year for the new College Football Playoff.