It’s officially that time of the year when the college football season is just around the corner, and all we’re left to do is recklessly speculate on the upcoming season — then rip each other’s opinions apart, which is what we’re going to do. PFF recently published its top 25 power rankings for the 2023 season — and Wisconsin football didn’t receive any love whatsoever.
Let’s look at where Pro Football Focus sees the Wisconsin Badgers along with the rest of the field and then read too far into it (because it’s July).
Wisconsin Football Misses the Cut in PFF CFB Top-25 Power Rankings
Listen, I get it — the Badgers are coming off a 7-6 season that ended in a Guaranteed Rate Bowl victory and had three head coaches running the show. That said, Wisconsin football is light years ahead of where they were at season’s end.
UW Athletic Director Chris McIntosh hired Luke Fickell — the same guy who took Cincinnati to the college football playoffs to become the next head coach of the Badgers.
Second, Wisconsin found a way to bring in Phil Longo, a top-five offensive coordinator in the country, to overhaul its offense to compliment their always stout defensive front, now led by Mike Tressel.
Lastly, the new coaching staff went out and crushed it in the transfer portal and even ended with a top 10 class nationally — which will help speed up the re-tooling process exponentially. Odds are, you’re looking at a 9 to 10-win team and the Big Ten West champions — not a sub-top 25 program.
Final Thoughts from PFF’s Power Rankings List
Here’s a look at the PFF power rankings heading into the 2023 season:
3. Ohio State
7. Penn State
11. Notre Dame
14. Florida State
17. Kansas State
22. South Carolina
23. Mississippi State
It makes me physically ill to think there’s a human being or possibly even plural people out there that think Minnesota is going to be better than Wisconsin football this season. If anyone reading this wants to take that bet, please DM me and name your price.
Considering Wisconsin returns over 72% of their talent from last season, their transfer portal haul, and a more competent coaching staff — a top 25 ranking feels inevitable more than anything. How far they go is a complete unknown until we see it on the field. September 2 can’t come soon enough because the Luke Fickell era will be wonderful.
Ultimately, these rankings have little to no significance. Sorry for wasting your time — rant over.
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