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Wisconsin football: Badgers jump up a spot to No. 15 in the polls

The B1G were big winners in this poll after this weekend.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 09 Iowa at Wisconsin Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On a weekend where two undefeated teams took their first L’s of the season, the Badgers were able to keep the Heartland Trophy from No. 18 Iowa in a 24-22 victory.

With very few shake ups ahead of the Badgers, Wisconsin moved up slightly in the rankings to No. 15 according to the Coaches Poll, and No. 15 in the AP Poll as well.

Lets take a look at the updated rankings in the Big Ten and across the nation after the weekend.

The B1G

Ohio State continues to play as one of the top teams in the nation. The Buckeyes put up 73 points in a rout of Maryland, and leapt up to No. 2 in both polls because of Alabama’s loss to LSU.

Minnesota was the big winner on the weekend after stunning Penn State 31-26 to remain undefeated. The Gophers jumped all the way to No. 7 in the updated polls, while Penn State fell to No. 11 in the Coaches Poll and No. 9 in the AP.

After their bye week, Michigan maintained their No. 14 ranking as they prepare for a rivalry matchup with a struggling Michigan State squad.

After the Badgers, Iowa stayed in the rankings at No. 23 in the AP Poll and No. 22 in the Coaches Poll. The Hawkeyes will look to play spoiler next weekend as they welcome undefeated Minnesota in a game Wisconsin fans will be watching intently.

Last, but not least, Indiana is now ranked No. 25 in the Coaches Poll and No. 24 in the AP Poll. The Hoosiers are 7-2 on the season, but have Penn State and Michigan to come the next two weeks

Nationwide musings

  • The top five drastically changed with the losses of Alabama and Penn State. LSU is the consensus No. 1 AP/Coaches ranked team, followed closely by Ohio State and Clemson.
  • There are six group of five teams vying for a New Year's Six bowl opportunity.
  • LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, Baylor and Minnesota are the only remaining undefeated teams across the FBS.
  • There are only two Pac-12 teams in the rankings, but both Oregon and Utah are in the top ten.
  • The SEC has three teams in the top five according to both polls.


AP Top-25: No. 22 Texas; No. 24 Indiana; No. 25 Oklahoma State

Coaches Poll: No. 23 Texas; No. 24 Appalachian State; No. 25 Indiana

Drop outs

AP Top-25: No. 20 Kansas State; No. 22 Wake Forest; No. 24 San Diego State

Coaches Poll: No. 20 Wake Forest; No. 22 Kansas State; No. 24 San Diego State