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Wisconsin football: UW is lurking in the receiving votes area...SPOOKY!

The Badgers will need to string together a few more wins before they get ranked again, but they’re on the right path.

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On Saturday, for the first time since 1984, the Wisconsin Badgers defeated an AP top-10 team at Camp Randall Stadium as an unranked squad, taking down No. 9 Iowa Hawkeyes, 27-7. Despite rattling off four straight wins and not having much of an issue with Hawkeyes, the Badgers remain unranked in both major polls heading into Week 10.

For the first time in weeks, the Badgers did receive votes in both polls but not enough to find themselves ranked in the top-25. Here is the good news: The Big Ten West runs though Madison.

The B1G

  • Michigan State —> No. 6 Coaches Poll, No. 5 AP Poll
  • Ohio State —> No. 5 Coaches Poll, No. 6 AP Poll
  • Michigan —> No. 10 Coaches Poll, No. 9 AP Poll
  • Iowa —> No. 16 Coaches Poll, No. 19 AP Poll
  • Penn State —> No. 23 Coaches Poll, No. 22 AP Poll
  • Wisconsin —> receiving votes Coaches Poll, receiving votes AP Poll
  • Minnesota —> receiving votes Coaches Poll, receiving votes AP Poll

Nationwide musings

  • If Wisconsin wins their next four games (at Rutgers, Northwestern, Nebraska, at Minnesota), they will head to Indianapolis to play as the Big Ten West representative in the Big Ten Championship Game. In the B5Q roundtable following the loss to Michigan, I basically said there was absolutely zero chance of that happening and referred to Iowa as “the real deal”. If the Badgers run the table, I’ll be alright being wrong about that one.
  • Every week there seems to be a new Big Ten team we’re talking about, and this week it is Michigan State. The Spartans handed in-state rival Michigan their first loss of the year, defeating the Wolverines 37-33 in a game that saw Kenneth Walker find the end zone FIVE times...Heisman watch?

Their toughest task comes in Week 12, heading on the road to take on Ohio State. If they win that game and take care of business elsewhere, they’ll be heading to Indianapolis.

  • There were no changes in the top four of this week’s AP Poll. Georgia, Cincinnati, and Oklahoma all won their matchups and Alabama was on a bye. The College Football Playoff committee will release their first rankings of the year on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT. Will these teams hold the top four spots and seemingly control their own destiny?


AP Top-25: No. 20 Houston, No. 24 Louisiana-Lafayette, No. 25 Fresno State

Coaches Poll: No. 19 Houston, No. 20 Brigham Young

Drop outs

AP Top-25: No. 17 Pittsburgh, No. 21 San Diego State, No. 22 Iowa State,

Coaches Poll: No. 20 San Diego State, No. 23 Iowa State