MADISON, Wis. -

The University of Wisconsin is one of three Big Ten teams ranked in the preseason Top 25 poll released by USA Today Thursday.

The UW is ranked number 12 and is the second highest Big 10 team ranked.

Michigan is the highest ranked Big 10 team at number 8. Michigan State also comes in right behind UW at number 13.

LSU edged out Alabama for the top spot in the poll. Alabama actually got more first-place votes, but LSU had more points over all. USC is third.

The Southeastern Conference has five of the top 10 teams in the poll.