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Wisconsin football: Badgers drop in both polls to No. 13

Following the letdown to Illinois, Wisconsin is now No. 13 in both polls.

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the Wisconsin Badgers (6-1 overall, 3-1 B1G) fell on the road against the Illinois Fighting Illini (3-4 overall, 1-3 B1G) 23-24 on Saturday, and subsequently plummeted in both major polls released Sunday.

Wisconsin dropped seven spots to No. 13 in the Coaches Poll as well as the AP Poll.

Both moves in the rankings are not as doom and gloom as fans may have predicted, but are nonetheless not great at the midpoint of the college football season.

Lets take a look at how the rest of the top-25 looks after some major changes across the nation and in the conference.

The B1G

Ohio State maintains their stranglehold at the top of the conference. The Buckeyes are ranked No. 3 or No. 4 depending on the poll heading into their contest with Wisconsin. Penn State, hot off of a win over Michigan, moved up a spot in each ranking to be the only other conference team in the top 10 at No. 6.

As previously mentioned, Wisconsin comes in at No. 13, with the rival Minnesota Golden Gophers nipping at their heels. Undefeated Minnesota continues to climb in the polls, and this week come in at No. 17 according to the coaches and the press. Ugh, vomit, clean it up with Comet.

Iowa and Michigan (both 5-2) round out the rest of the conference teams that are still present in the polls. Even after playing one another, they are still battling out in the polls. Albeit they scored more in the polls than they could against each other on the field.

Iowa moved up after their bye week to No. 19 in the Coaches Poll and No. 20 in the AP. Michigan on the other hand stayed inside the rankings after a close loss at Penn State and is No. 20 for the coaches and No. 19 for the press.

Michigan has a prime opportunity to do some serious moving in the polls next week with a matchup against Notre Dame.

Nationwide musings

  • The top five teams remained relatively unchanged after each taking care of business. Clemson and Oklahoma both have remaining schedules that are extremely inviting for undefeated seasons, while Alabama and LSU will clash later this year still.
  • Clemson and Ohio State swapped places in the AP Poll. Ohio State is up to No. 3 in the AP after another dominant win.
  • There are a lot of non-P5 teams in the updated rankings, especially in the lower half. SMU, Cincinnati, Boise State, App. State and Memphis all find themselves in the newest update of the Coaches poll.
  • The B1G conference leads all leagues with six teams.
  • The SEC has a silly five teams in the top 10.
  • Boise State was the biggest loser of the weekend, falling eight spots in each poll.


AP Top-25: No. 23 Iowa State; No. 25 Wake Forest

Coaches Poll: No. 23 Wake Forest; No. 25 Memphis

Drop outs

AP Top-25: No. 22 Missouri; No. 25 Washington

Coaches Poll: No. 23 Washington; No. 25 Temple