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Wisconsin football: UW remains unranked, but there was a lot of movement in the polls this week

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New No. 1! New CFP teams! Does Oklahoma stink? Does everyone stink?!?!?

Georgia v Auburn
There’s a new No. 1 in town.
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Another week of polls, another week that Wisconsin finds themselves unranked. The Badgers went on the road and took care of business, defeating Illinois 24-0 in a game that was dominated by Wisconsin’s running backs. UW racked up a whopping 391 yards on the ground led by Chez Mellusi (145 yards) and Braelon Allen (131 yards).

The Badgers may find themselves sneaking into the back-end of the polls later this year if they win out, including what would be a huge win over current No. 2 Iowa.

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The B1G

  • Iowa —> No. 2 Coaches Poll, No. 2 AP Poll
  • Ohio State —> No. 6 Coaches Poll, No. 6 AP Poll
  • Penn State —> No. 8 Coaches Poll, No. 7 AP Poll
  • Michigan —> No. 7 Coaches Poll, No. 8 AP Poll
  • Michigan State —> No. 9 Coaches Poll, No. 10 AP Poll
  • Wisconsin —> Unranked Coaches Poll, Unranked AP Poll

Nationwide musings

  • Cincinnati is finally getting the national respect that they deserve. Now ranked No. 3 in the AP Poll and No. 4 in the Coaches Poll, the Bearcats have set themselves up to become the first ever Group of Five team to make the College Football Playoff. They must run the table, but Luke Fickell has pushed all the right buttons and Desmond Ridder is playing like one of the best quarterbacks in the country.
Temple v Cincinnati Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images
  • Is Oklahoma the worst good team ever? Every single week I am underwhelmed by the Sooners and it seemed like this week was going to be the week that their run of barely sneaking by mediocre teams was going to come to an end. The Sooners were down 28-7 at the end of the first quarter in the Red River Showdown versus Texas. Just before halftime, trailing 35-20, in one of the gutsiest moves of the college football season so far, Lincoln Riley BENCHED Spencer Rattler. Caleb Williams came in and led Oklahoma all the way back to take home a 55-48 victory. This team never fails to confuse me.
  • Iowa is ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll following a 23-20 win over No. 4 Penn State, the highest ranking ever under Kirk Ferentz. The Hawkeyes’ defense continues to be elite, but Iowa was trailing 17-3 before Penn State QB Sean Clifford left the game due to injury and did not return. The Nittany Lion offense was fairly nonexistent following Clifford’s exit which surely had much to do with Iowa’s ability to climb back and eventually win the game. If these two teams matchup in the Big Ten championship game, we may see a different result.
  • Bama goes down! Texas A&M took down the Crimson Tide at home in College Station and the Georgia Bulldogs are the new No. 1 team in college football. Some (including myself) would argue that the Bulldogs should have been ranked No. 1 this entire year, but thanks to the Aggies, the Bulldogs now hold the top spot in both major polls.
Alabama v Texas A&M Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Newcomers

AP Top-25: No. 21 Texas A&M

Coaches Poll: No. 18 Texas A&M, No. 24 San Diego State

Drop outs

AP Top-25: No. 18 Auburn

Coaches Poll: No. 19 Auburn, No. 23 Texas