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Wisconsin football: the Badgers climb in the polls despite not playing

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After a hectic weekend of college football, the Badgers moved up in the rankings.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 07 Central Michigan at Wisconsin Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

While the Wisconsin Badgers did not play an actual game this weekend, they did have a significant loss with the announcement of Jack Coan’s apparent foot injury.

The negative outcome of Coan’s injury can not be overstated, but off the field Wisconsin saw improved positioning in the newest release of both the Coaches Poll and AP-Poll.

Still sporting a 0-0 overall (0-0 B1G) record, the Badgers now stand at No. 14 in the updated Coaches Poll, while they also climbed to No. 16 in the AP-Poll.

While that upward trend is definitely a positive for Wisconsin, the wild Saturday in college football resulted in some significant shake ups across the rankings.

The B1G

While the conference still sits in a holding pattern until the weekend of October 24, multiple teams from the Big Ten still maintained or improved their standing in the updated polls.

Ohio State held strong at No. 6 in each of the polls with no teams ahead of them recording a loss Saturday.

Like the Badgers, Penn State also rose in the rankings. The Nittany Lions now stand at No. 8 in the Coaches Poll and No. 9 according to the AP-Poll.

The last team inside the Coaches from the conference is Michigan, who also jumped up two spots to No. 19 in the Coaches Poll and No. 20 by the associated press. Minnesota also made an appearance in the AP-Poll at No. 25.

Nationwide musings

  • All teams in the top four (Clemson, Alabama, Florida, Georgia) exited the weekend victorious. Alabama and Georgia looked particularly strong, taking down top-25 teams on Saturday.
  • Oklahoma continues to trend in the wrong direction now losing in consecutive weeks. The Sooners fell all the way out of the rankings for the first time since 2014.
  • Oklahoma State, Tennessee, BYU and SMU were the biggest risers in the updated polls after each winning. UCF and Texas each took the largest fall after losing to Tulsa and TCU respectively.

Newcomers

AP Top-25: No. 18 SMU; No. 19 Virginia Tech; No. 23 UL-Lafayette; No. 24 Iowa State; No.25 Minnesota

Coaches Poll: No. 17 Oregon; No. 21 SMU; No. 23 UL-Lafayette; No. 24 Iowa State

Drop outs

AP Top-25: No. 11 UCF; No. 16 Mississippi State; No. 18 Oklahoma; No. 24 Pittsburgh; No. 25 Memphis

Coaches Poll: No. 14 Mississippi State; No. 16 Oklahoma; No. 24 Memphis; No. 25 Pittsburgh.