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Badgers rise to No. 17 in latest AP Poll; No. 16 in Coaches Poll

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The Badgers are moving up after their impressive opening win over USF.

NCAA Football: Wisconsin at South Florida Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin dominated their opener at South Florida, and the effort was recognized by the AP Poll as the Badgers jumped up two spots to No. 17. I know a lot of fans expected a higher jump, but with almost all of the preseason top-25 winning it’s hard to move much. Getting up two spots is better than falling right?

The Big Ten once again led the the nation in ranked teams, as they landed seven teams in the Week 2 release. Ohio State and Michigan led the way, going unchanged from their preseason rank of No. 5 and No. 7, respectively. Penn State also remains the same at No. 15.

There was one leapfrog in the Big Ten, as the Badgers jumped Michigan State in the rankings after being a spot behind them in the preseason poll. The Badgers led the way in the West, but a few others also made the rankings as Iowa held the same spot at No. 20. Nebraska fell one spot to No. 25 after a somewhat ugly win over South Alabama.

The biggest rise of the week was the Auburn Tigers, who jumped six spots into the top ten after their impressive comeback win over then No. 11 Oregon. The Ducks fell one spot ahead of the Badgers at No. 16. Other than Auburn, the Badgers and Boise State were the only team to jump more than one spot in the Week 2 rankings.

The top four of the rankings remained the same with Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, and Oklahoma all winning pretty handily. LSU dominated their opener as did Texas, meaning we’ll have our first top ten match up this week as the No. 6 Tigers travel to Austin to take on the No. 9 Longhorns in a major match up. No. 12 Texas A&M also travels to No. 1 Clemson this week, so there is sure to be some shake up next time the poll is released.

In the Coaches Poll, the Badgers moved up one spot to No. 16, breaking their previous tie with UCF.

Ohio State stayed in the top-five, while Michigan remained at No. 7. Penn State, Iowa and Michigan State all stayed the same as well at No. 14, No. 19 and No. 20 respectively. A change in terms of B1G teams was Nebraska replacing Northwestern at No. 25.

Boise State moved into the rankings at No. 24 after beating Florida State and Oregon fell five spots to No. 18 after losing to Auburn, who moved up three spots to No. 13.