Wisconsin climbs to No. 23 in Week 5 AP Top 25

Joe Robbins

The Badgers also returned to the coaches poll after a one-week hiatus.

Wisconsin's 41-10 win over Purdue Saturday was good for a few things. It opened the Big Ten season (one week early) on a positive note, erased the possibility of a hangover effect from Arizona state and, perhaps, most importantly gave the team a bundle of positive momentum entering next Saturday night's game vs. Ohio State.

The win also boosted the Badgers to No. 23 in the AP Top 25, as well as returned them to the USA Today Coaches Poll after last week's loss to Arizona State dropped them out. Ohio State, meanwhile, remains No. 4 in the AP poll (we'll just link off to the coaches poll here, since one poll is enough and coaches are silly voters). The whole top 10 actually went unchanged, as the first inkling of change came from Michigan, who struggled to a 24-21 win over UConn and dropped from No. 15 to No. 18.

That allowed Northwestern, after a 35-21 win over Maine, to jump one spot to No. 17 and become the Big Ten's second-highest ranked team. Wisconsin's the fourth and final team in the AP poll, with Nebraska and Michigan State receiving 13 and three votes, respectively.

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (56) 3-0 1,496 1
2 Oregon (4) 3-0 1,418 2
3 Clemson 3-0 1,340 3
4 Ohio State 4-0 1,320 4
5 Stanford 3-0 1,270 5
6 LSU 4-0 1,167 6
7 Louisville 4-0 1,088 7
8 Florida State 3-0 1,049 8
9 Georgia 2-1 1,029 9
10 Texas A&M 3-1 1,011 10
11 Oklahoma State 3-0 849 11
12 South Carolina 2-1 828 12
13 UCLA 3-0 798 13
14 Oklahoma 3-0 689 14
15 Miami (FL) 3-0 687 16
16 Washington 3-0 559 17
17 Northwestern 4-0 477 18
18 Michigan 4-0 450 15
19 Baylor 3-0 441 20
20 Florida 2-1 414 19
21 Mississippi 3-0 342 21
22 Notre Dame 3-1 256 22
23 Wisconsin 3-1 130 24
24 Texas Tech 4-0 127 25
25 Fresno State 3-0 110 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Arizona State 41, Georgia Tech 30, Maryland 24, UCF 19, Nebraska 13, Northern Illinois 9, Arizona 8, Virginia Tech 4, Michigan State 3, Missouri 2, Rutgers 1, Navy 1
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