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Wisconsin football: Badgers No. 13 in the AP Poll and No. 14 according to the Coaches

Badgers hold steady in the Coaches Poll and rise in the AP-Poll respectively.

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On a weekend in which two top-ten teams fell on the road, the Wisconsin Badgers took care of business against the Purdue Boilermakers in a 45-24 win.

Although some shakeups occurred ahead of Wisconsin, the Badgers only maintained in the at No. 14 according to the Coaches Poll, and rose one spot to No. 13 in the AP Poll.

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

The B1G

In the Big Ten, Ohio State continues its ascent towards the College Football Playoff, staying strong at No. 2 in the polls after a win over Penn State. Consequently, the losing Nittany Lions fell out of the top ten and are slotted at No. 12.

Wisconsin’s rival Minnesota jumped back inside the top ten. The Gophers are now No. 9 according to the coaches and the press.

Puzzlingly, Michigan continues to climb ahead of Wisconsin despite their head-to-head loss, as they are now No. 10 or No. 11 depending on your poll of preference.

Lastly, Iowa rounds out the conference at No. 19 in the Coaches Poll and No. 20 in the AP.

Nationwide musings

  • The top five of LSU, Ohio State, Clemson, Georgia and Alabama remained unchanged.
  • USC climbs back into the polls at No. 25, standing as the only ranked four loss team.
  • No. 3 Clemson has not played a team that is currently ranked in either of the two major polls this year.
  • After a matchup next week with Alabama, Auburn will have played five teams ranked in the current top-25 in the regular season, most among ranked teams.


AP Top 25: No. 24 Navy; No. 25 USC

Coaches Poll: No. 23 Virginia Tech; No. 24 Navy; No. 25 USC


AP Top 25: No. 21 SMU; No. 24 Texas A&M

Coaches Poll: No. 21 SMU; No. 24 Texas A&M; No. 25 San Diego State