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