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Wisconsin climbs in Amway Coaches Poll, drops in AP Top 25 despite win

Slight movement in the polls ahead of conference championships.

NCAA Football: Minnesota at Wisconsin Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin kept Paul Bunyan’s Axe for the 13th consecutive season, dominating Minnesota in a second half that saw Wisconsin outscore the Gophers by a score of 24-0 on the way to a 31-17 victory.

Wisconsin (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten) is now up to No. 5 in the Amway Coaches Poll, with Michigan falling to No. 6. However, the Badgers dropped to No. 6 in the AP Top 25, being hopped by Washington (11-1).

Washington defeated Washington State in the Apple Cup 45-17 on Friday.

Ohio State (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten), who beat Michigan in double-overtime on Saturday, remained at No. 2 in the AP Top 25, while Michigan (10-2, 7-2 Big Ten) dropped to No. 5, remaining in front of Wisconsin.

Penn State (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten), comes in at No. 8 in the AP Top 25, falling a spot from a week ago, being jumped by Oklahoma (10-2).

Iowa (8-4) jumped into the rankings, up to No. 22 after pummeling Nebraska 40-10. Nebraska (9-3), in turn, fell to No. 23.

So basically, Wisconsin and Penn State both dropped a spot in the poll, while Oklahoma moved up despite not playing. /shrugs.

Wisconsin will play Penn State Saturday for the Big Ten championship in Indianapolis. Kickoff is at 8:17 p.m. EST on FOX.