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Why Wisconsin is a legit 2017 CFP sleeper

Paul Chryst leads a Wisconsin team that could be a sleeper College Football Playoff pick. Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire

Everybody starts the year undefeated. But the cruel reality of college football is that only a handful of those teams have a legitimate chance of winning the College Football Playoff.

Last year, the Wisconsin Badgers had their third consecutive season of at least 10 wins for only the second time in school history. This year's team looks to be in position to extend the double-digit win streak and also has a more-than-reasonable chance of landing a CFP berth.

(Note: unless otherwise specified, all of the metrics detailed below are from Power 5 contests and the associated team and player rankings are from the 65 Power 5 teams.)