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Wisconsin football: Badgers drop in the polls after another idle week

Wisconsin now sits at No. 14 in the Coaches Poll and No. 13 in the AP Poll.

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After another week of inactivity due to COVID-19, the Wisconsin Badgers (1-0 overall) took a step back in the polls, falling to No. 14 in the Coaches Poll and No. 13 in the AP-Poll.

Consecutive weeks of “no contests” leave the Badgers with only one game played, while multiple teams took advantage of a great weekend of college football to rise up in the rankings.

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
  • Indiana —> No. 10 Coaches Poll, No. 10 AP Poll
  • Wisconsin —> No. 14 Coaches Poll, No. 13 AP Poll
  • Northwestern —> No. 23 Coaches Poll, No. 23 AP Poll
Nebraska v Northwestern Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Nationwide musings

  • For really the first time this season there was some movement at the top of the polls after Clemson fell in double overtime to Notre Dame. The game vaulted the Irish up, while the Tigers dropped out of the top-three for the first time this year.
  • Northwestern has already tied their win total from last year with three wins to start the season and now are back in both polls.
  • The SEC still lays claim to the most top-10 teams with three: Alabama, Texas A&M, and Florida.
  • BYU and Cincinnati keep climbing in the rankings and are each squarely in the top-10 as non-Power Five teams looking to crash the College Football Playoff.


AP Top-25: No. 23 Northwestern; No. 25 Louisiana-Lafayette

Coaches Poll: No. 22 Liberty; No. 23 Northwestern; No. 24 Texas

Drop outs

AP Top-25: No. 21 Boise State; No. 23 Michigan

Coaches Poll: No. 23 Boise State; No. 24 North Carolina; No. 25 Michigan