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Wisconsin football: Badgers jump up a spot in the Coaches Poll after crushing Kent State

UW ranks eighth in the Coaches Poll and eighth according to the press.

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On the heels of a resounding 48-0 victory over the Kent State Golden Flashes, the Wisconsin Badgers made some headway in the polls this week. With multiple ranked teams falling, including Auburn who was ahead of the Badgers, Wisconsin popped up a spot to No. 8 in the Coaches Poll and maintained their No. 8 ranking in the updated AP Poll.

Let’s look at how the polls shape up for the rest of the Big Ten and across the nation.

The B1G

Ohio State continues to be the head of the class of the conference, standing in the top four of each poll. Penn State finds themselves in the top-10 with Wisconsin and Ohio State as well.

Michigan moved up a couple spots after their victory over Iowa to No. 16 according to each of the polls. Iowa slid down a few spots to the lower teens in each set of rankings.

Minnesota has parlayed their cupcake schedule to now jump into the polls at No. 25 in the coaches poll and No. 26 in the AP.

So much for a normal top 25...

Nationwide musings

  • Ohio State and Oklahoma swapped places in the top-five in the Coaches Poll. Oklahoma has a big test upcoming this weekend against Texas.
  • Ohio State and Georgia are tied at third for the press. Alabama and Clemson are the two at the top.
  • Auburn and Iowa were the teams that fell the most in the updated polls, each coming off of their first losses of the season, on the road, against ranked opponents.
  • Boise State, Memphis, SMU and Cincinnati are the only ranked non-Power Five teams present in either poll.
  • The B1G and SEC lead all of the Power 5 conferences with six ranked teams each. The other main conferences each have three ranked members.


AP Top 25: Baylor, Memphis, Cincinnati

Coaches Poll: SMU, Baylor, Arizona State, Minnesota

Drop outs

AP Top 25: Washington, UCF, Michigan State, Oklahoma State

Coaches Poll: Washington, UCF, Michigan State, Oklahoma State