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Wisconsin football: Badgers now top 10 in both polls

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Badgers now No. 10 in the Coaches Poll and AP Poll.

Wisconsin v Minnesota Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

After taking down top 10 ranked Minnesota to avenge last season’s defeat, the Wisconsin Badgers leapfrogged into the top 10 themselves at No. 10 in the Coaches Poll and 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

The Ohio State Buckeyes remains the top dog in the conference after taking care of the Michigan Wolverines. The Buckeyes are No. 2 in both updated polls, while Michigan fell down to No. 18 in the Coaches Poll and No. 17 in the AP Poll after suffering their third loss.

As previously noted, Wisconsin jumped up, and is now the second highest ranked team in the conference, while Minnesota fell to No. 15.

Right on Wisconsin’s heels is the Penn State Nittany Lions at No. 11 in the Coaches Poll, and No. 12 in the AP. In a duel for a possible Rose Bowl berth, Penn State is only a spot or two behind the Badgers, and is in a spot to make the bowl bid a close call.

Iowa rounds out the conference at No. 19 according to the Coaches, and No. 18 according to the press.

Nationwide musings

  • LSU, Ohio State, and Clemson each received first place votes in the polls, and are the only undefeated squads remaining across the FBS.
  • Georgia, Utah, Oklahoma, and Baylor all have only one loss and are ranked in the top 10 entering conference championship week.
  • The American Athletic Conference has just as many ranked teams (three), as the Pac-12 Conference, and more than the Big 12, and the ACC, who each only have two teams in the polls.
  • Memphis is currently in the driver’s seat to get the group of five automatic bid into a New Year's Six Bowl assuming they beat Cincinnati again this weekend.

Newcomers

AP Top 25: No. 22 Virginia; No. 25 Air Force

Coaches Poll: No. 22 Virginia; No. 25 Air Force

Dropouts

AP Top 25: No. 21 Oklahoma State; No. 23 Virginia Tech

Coaches Poll: No. 21 Oklahoma State; No. 23 Virginia Tech