Preseason college football magazines are suspect because so many show up on newsstands months before training camps open.
A lot of things can happen between June and September that alter the landscape. Case in point is Ohio State, which had its coach resign and its star quarterback leave school amid an NCAA investigation, turning the Big Ten Conference into a wide-open race.
But the latest issue of Playboy magazine doesn't have that alibi because it was published last week. Its annual Pigskin Preview — including a top 25 and a preseason All-America team — seemingly overlooked a key development involving the University of Wisconsin.
Playboy has the Badgers ranked 19th and projected to finish 8-4 overall. Its overview makes reference to a strong running game and a stout defense, but had sophomore Jon Budmayr as the starting quarterback with no mention of high-profile North Carolina State transfer Russell Wilson.
Wilson, an all-Atlantic Coast Conference pick and a three-year starter at N.C. State, committed to UW in late June and immediately forced the various national analysts to adjust their rankings and move the Badgers into or near the top 10.
It seems apparent Playboy didn't get that memo. It has UW situated behind Michigan State (11th) and Nebraska (13th) among Big Ten teams. The only other conference representative in the magazine's top 25 is Northwestern at No. 24.
For what it's worth, the Playboy top 10 has Oklahoma No. 1, followed by Boise State, Oregon, Stanford, LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Florida State and Texas Christian.