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Wisconsin football: the Badgers are back in the polls

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Wisconsin is back in the polls with the return of B1G football on the horizon.

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With the return of Big Ten football coming up in a few weeks, the Wisconsin Badgers have climbed their way back into the polls.

After a brief hiatus, Wisconsin landed at No. 18 in the updated Coaches Poll and No. 19 in the newest AP Poll. The rankings seem to operate like clockwork with the Badgers generally inside the top-20 to start every year.

Let’s take a look at how the updated rankings look across the B1G and the teams rising and falling after a week of action.

The B1G

Despite no games on the docket for nearly a month some Big Ten teams were back in the polls.

Ohio State reassumed their status in the top-10, landing at No. 6 in both polls. Similarly, Penn State jumped back into the rankings as well at No. 10.

The Badgers and Michigan were the only other conference members to reclaim a spot in the rankings, as the Wolverines narrowly made the cut at No. 21 in the Coaches Poll and No. 23 according to the AP.

Nationwide musings

  • Clemson and Alabama retain their stranglehold on the top two spots, while Florida rose up to No. 3 after a great performance over the weekend.
  • Oklahoma and LSU were the biggest losers from the weekend, as both top-10 teams fell over 10 spots in general.
  • Miami continues to rise up the rankings, now standing in the top-10 after a strong 3-0 start.
  • UCF is knocking on the door of the top-10 as well, and are the highest ranked Group of Five conference team.

Newcomers (not affiliated with the B1G or Pac-12)

AP Top-25: Mississippi State (No. 16)

Coaches Poll: Pittsburgh (No. 25)

Drop outs

AP Top-25: No. 19 Louisiana-Lafayette; No. 20 Virginia Tech; No. 22 Army; No. 23 Kentucky; No. 24 Louisville; No. 25 Marshall

Coaches Poll: No. 22 Minnesota (you hate to see it); No. 25 Louisiana-Lafayette