As the Wisconsin Badgers continue to round into shape following that loss to Northwestern, their ascent back up the polls continue. In the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll, the Badgers are No. 22, up three and two spots, respectively. Wisconsin also ranks No. 21 in the Phil Massey composite computer rankings included below. The next rankings from the College Football Playoff committee will be released Tuesday night.
Wisconsin routed Purdue 34-16 in West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday.
The polls remain largely irrelevant for Wisconsin at this point; the Badgers won't be one of the four teams competing in the playoff. Rankings do provide weekly barometers for the national picture, however, and it's also very likely that they provide solid influences for the Playoff committee.
At this point, Wisconsin is focused on winning out in order to reach the Big Ten championship game Dec. 6 in Indianapolis. For starters, Wisconsin faces No. 11 Nebraska at home this Saturday. The Huskers are coming off a bye; the week prior, they routed Purdue 35-14. Wisconsin will then face Iowa on the road before hosting Minnesota in the regular-season finale.
|1||Mississippi State||Mississippi State||Alabama|
|2||Florida State||Florida State||Mississippi St|
|7||Arizona State||Ohio State||Florida State|
|8||Ohio State||Arizona State||Baylor|
|10||Ole Miss||Ole Miss||Georgia|
|12||Michigan State||Michigan State||Arizona State|
|13||Kansas State||Kansas State||Kansas State|
|23||Colorado State||Georgia Tech||Arizona State|