The Wisconsin Badgers (14-10 overall, 7-6 B1G) continued their strange, season-long inability to win on the weekdays (lost to Minnesota on Wednesday) and dominate on weekends (beat Ohio State on Sunday). Despite working for, and on, the weekend, the Badgers are receiving zero votes in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll.
THE DISRESPECT THAT THE BADGERS ARE BEING SHOWN IS MIND-BOGGLING!
I’m just kidding of course. Who in their right mind would rank a team as Jekyll and Hyde as this year’s Badgers? Not even Seth Davis anymore. Sad. As you may have noted in the above tweet, even the rest of the B1G isn’t doing so hot in the rankings anymore.
The B1G is still being led by the Maryland Terrapins at No. 9 in the AP/Coaches, then the Penn State Nittany Lions are at No. 13/13, the Iowa Hawkeyes are No. 21/17, the Illinois Fighting Illini are No. 22/23 and the Michigan State Spartans are RV/25.
The Spartans lead the way in the “others receiving votes” category for the AP and they are joined by the Purdue Boilermakers, Ohio State Buckeyes, Michigan Wolverines and Rutgers Scarlet Knights. In the Coaches Poll, the Buckeyes, Boilermakers, Scarlet Knights and Wolverines are all receiving votes.
In an extremely calm week atop the rankings, the top nine teams stayed exactly the same and were joined in the top-10 of both polls by the Seton Hall Pirates. The No. 1 Baylor Bears are still tops in the land followed by the Gonzaga Bulldogs, the Kansas Jayhawks, the undefeated San Diego State Aztecs and the Louisville Cardinals. The Dayton Flyers, Duke Blue Devils, Florida State Seminoles join the Terps and Pirates in the top-10.
What a weird year!
As far as other, more analytically inclined rankings go here is where Wisconsin is ranked (through 2/10/20):
As we’ve been noting since conference play started in earnest and the Badgers started beating some pretty good teams: despite a slightly above average record, Wisconsin has the third most Quad 1 wins of any team in the nation and should still be sitting pretty for an at-large bid.
Wisconsin has a light week coming up with only one game on the docket. The Badgers travel to Lincoln to take on a struggling Nebraska team on Saturday, a game in which UW should be favored to win even though it’s on the road. It is a “mustn’t lose” game, which I think is different than a “must win” game.