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Week 13 AP Top 25: Wisconsin jumps to No. 16

What's a 51-3 winWee over Indiana good for? A one-spot jump in the AP poll.

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Wisconsin continues its trek up the college football polls, as the first two released Sunday present modest, yet encouraging improvements for the Badgers. With a fourth straight Rose Bowl all but ruled out, Wisconsin has its eyes on an at-large BCS bid, and that would require rising to No. 14 in the BCS standings. The Badgers entered the weekend ranked No. 20 there.

In the first poll released Sunday, the AP Top 25, Wisconsin jumped one spot to No. 16 after dispatching Indiana, 51-3. The Badgers are also just 13 points behind No. 15 Fresno State.

For Wisconsin, the recipe for the remainder of the season is simple: win out, and win big. Winning especially big at Minnesota Saturday would be huge; the Gophers would be ranked No. 26 in the AP poll if it reached that far. Minnesota was on a bye this past weekend.

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (55) 10-0 1,495 1
2 Florida State (5) 10-0 1,445 2
3 Baylor 9-0 1,351 4
4 Ohio State 10-0 1,343 3
5 Oregon 9-1 1,210 6
6 Auburn 10-1 1,205 7
7 Clemson 9-1 1,115 8
8 Missouri 9-1 1,067 9
9 Texas A&M 8-2 956 10
10 Stanford 8-2 899 5
11 Oklahoma State 9-1 889 12
12 South Carolina 8-2 870 11
13 Michigan State 9-1 749 14
14 UCLA 8-2 710 13
15 Fresno State 9-0 572 16
16 Wisconsin 8-2 559 17
17 UCF 8-1 535 15
18 LSU 7-3 439 18
19 Arizona State 8-2 430 21
20 Northern Illinois 10-0 426 20
21 Louisville 9-1 412 19
22 Oklahoma 8-2 318 22
23 USC 8-3 187 NR
24 Mississippi 7-3 119 NR
25 Duke 8-2 94 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Minnesota 77, Notre Dame 11, Texas 10, Georgia 5, Nebraska 1, Cincinnati 1