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Wisconsin football: Badgers drop a spot in the AP Poll, stay steady in Coaches Poll

Wisconsin now stands at No. 11 according to the Coaches, and No. 10 in the AP Poll.

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After a wild week of COVID-19 news surrounding the Wisconsin Badgers football program that resulted in a “no contest” this week for the Badgers, the updated polls saw very little change in their perception of Paul Chryst’s squad.

Despite not playing, Wisconsin maintained their No. 11 ranking in the Coaches Poll, and dropped only one spot to No. 10 in the AP Poll.

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. 10 AP Poll
  • Indiana —> No. 13 Coaches Poll, No. 13 AP Poll
  • Michigan —> No. 25 Coaches Poll, No. 23 AP Poll

Nationwide musings

  • Indiana has very quickly risen in the polls. After taking down Penn State and Rutgers the Hoosiers have gone from unranked to top-15 in a matter of two weeks, marking the first time they have done so since the late 1980s.
  • There was a lot of movement in the teens of the rankings this week with Kansas State, Penn State, Oklahoma State, North Carolina and Michigan all losing.
  • In non-Power Five action, there are currently seven top-25 teams that are either Independent or from a Group-of-Five school. Cincinnati is the highest ranked team of the bunch at No. 6 in each of the major polls.
  • The top-five of the rankings went unchanged after each team won this week.
  • Northwestern is currently just outside of the polls, falling only a few votes away from No. 25 in both the Coaches and AP polls.


AP Top-25: No. 22 Texas; No. 24 Auburn; No. 25 Liberty

Coaches Poll: No. 21 Auburn; No. 23 Boise State

Drop outs

AP Top-25: No. 15 North Carolina; No. 16 Kansas State; No. 18 Penn State;

Coaches Poll: No. 16 Kansas State; No. 17 Penn State