This is not surprising, considering Alabama, Clemson, Miami and Oklahoma—all ranked ahead of Wisconsin (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten) from last week’s rankings—won their respective games on Saturday.
Miami struggled with a Virginia squad before pulling away in a 44-28 win; however, the Hurricanes jumped over the Tigers for the No. 2 spot, according to the committee’s eyes.
Again, the task at hand for the Badgers is to win out in their final two games, including against No. 9 Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 2.
First and foremost, Wisconsin has a chance to go undefeated in the regular season and retain Paul Bunyan’s Axe for a 14th straight year when it faces Minnesota (5-6, 2-6) on Saturday afternoon (2:30 p.m. CT, ABC).
Though Michigan fell out of the CFP Top 25, Northwestern moved up one spot to No. 22.
We’ll have more on this week’s match-up against the Gophers coming up later this week.