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College football rankings: Wisconsin rises to No. 22 in Coaches Poll, AP Top 25

Sandra Dukes-USA TODAY Sports

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.

AP Coaches Computer composite
1 Mississippi State Mississippi State Alabama
2 Florida State Florida State Mississippi St
3 Oregon Alabama Auburn
4 Alabama Oregon Ole Miss
6 Baylor Baylor Oregon
7 Arizona State Ohio State Florida State
8 Ohio State Arizona State Baylor
9 Auburn Auburn Ohio State
10 Ole Miss Ole Miss Georgia
11 Nebraska Nebraska LSU
12 Michigan State Michigan State Arizona State
13 Kansas State Kansas State Kansas State
14 UCLA Georgia Michigan State
15 Notre Dame UCLA Nebraska
16 Georgia Notre Dame Oklahoma
17 Arizona Clemson UCLA
18 Clemson Arizona Clemson
19 Duke Duke Notre Dame
20 LSU LSU Marshall
21 Marshall Marshall Wisconsin
22 Wisconsin Wisconsin Texas A&M
23 Colorado State Georgia Tech Arizona State
24 Georgia Tech Oklahoma USC
25 Utah Colorado State Duke