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Wisconsin football: Badgers climb in both polls after beating Michigan

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UW is now ranked ninth in the Coaches Poll and eigth according to the press.

Michigan v Wisconsin Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

With five top-20 teams losing over the weekend, a shakeup was expected in the polls. That came into fruition Sunday, as Wisconsin climbed to No. 9 in the updated Coaches Poll. The Badgers also rose in the Associated Press Top 25, finding a new spot at No. 8.

Coming off a big victory over Michigan, Wisconsin now finds itself in the top 10 for the first time since the early onset of last season.

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

The B1G

Ohio State held steady in the polls as the other top-10 team for the conference outside of Wisconsin at No. 6 in the Coaches Poll and No. 5 in the AP Poll. The Buckeyes cruised against Miami of Ohio.

After losing, Michigan tumbled down the rankings to 20th.

Both Penn State and Iowa had bye weeks but still jumped up in the updated rankings to just outside the top 10.

Nationwide musings

  • In the top five, there was very little movement in the polls. Alabama and Clemson have dominated the top two spots all season long. Georgia has been the third ranked team all year long.
  • Notre Dame fell to number 10 after losing at Georgia by six points on the road.
  • Cal was one of the big winners from the weekend as they are now undefeated and up to No. 15 or No. 16 depending on the poll.
  • Arizona State and Washington State both fell out of the rankings after losing yesterday.
  • Texas A&M is the only ranked team in either poll to have two losses.
  • The SEC has an astounding five teams in the top ten.

Newcomers

AP Top 25: USC, Kansas State, Michigan State

Coaches Poll: Wake Forest, USC.