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Wisconsin football: the Badgers rise in the rankings after thumping Illinois

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Wisconsin now stands at No. 11 in the updated Coaches Poll and No. 9 in the AP Poll.

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After the dust settled from a big home opening win over Illinois and a fun Saturday of college football, the Wisconsin Badgers appear to be trending up.

With another big conference game upcoming with Nebraska next Saturday, the Badgers seem to be in good standing, and the updated Coaches Poll and AP Poll tend to agree.

Wisconsin now sits at No. 11 in the Coaches Poll and are all the way up to No. 9 in the AP, with an opportunity to continue to rise depending on their play moving forward.

Let’s take a look at the newly released rankings for teams in the Big Ten, and nationally.

The B1G

  • Ohio State —> No. 3 Coaches Poll, No. 3 AP Poll
  • Wisconsin —> No. 11 Coaches Poll, No. 9 AP Poll
  • Michigan —> No. 14 Coaches Poll, No. 13 AP Poll
  • Penn State —> No. 17 Coaches Poll, No. 18 AP Poll
  • Indiana —> No. 19 Coaches Poll, No. 17 AP Poll

Nationwide musings

  • Losses by Penn State and Minnesota resulted in some significant changes in the recent polls for the B1G, as the Nittany Lions fell out of the top-10 and the Gophers left the polls altogether.
  • Ohio State catapulted into the top-three after a win over Nebraska, now joining Clemson and Alabama at the top of the Coaches Poll.
  • Cincinnati and BYU are off to tremendous starts this season, and each have their highest rankings since the 2009 season.
  • The SEC has four top-10 teams with Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M and Florida all ranked highly
  • On the flipside, the ACC now only has three ranked teams as voted by the Coaches and AP after both Virginia Tech and N.C. State fell over the weekend.

Newcomers

AP Top-25: No. 17 Indiana; No. 24 Oklahoma; No. 25 Boise State

Coaches Poll: No. 19 Indiana; No. 24 Oklahoma; No. 25 Army

Drop outs

AP Top-25: No. 19 Virginia Tech; No. 21 Minnesota; No. 23 NC State

Coaches Poll: No. 20 Virginia Tech; No. 21 Minnesota; No. 22 NC State