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Week 13 USA TODAY Coaches Poll: Wisconsin climbs to No. 17

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A three-spot jump is nice, but the Badgers still have more work to do.

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As widely foreseen, Wisconsin trounced Indiana Saturday. The result is a three-spot jump in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll to No. 17, and that's the poll that factors into the BCS standings. The latest edition of those will be released later Sunday night.

A three-spot jump is a welcomed reward, though the question remains: are teams like UCLA and Fresno State really better than Wisconsin? The answer: No, but Arizona State happened.

For Wisconsin, it's all about winning out and winning big. Minnesota jumped two spots this week to No. 23, and that's where the Badgers are headed next weekend. An extra-big win there could continue to nudge Wisconsin up toward at-large bid territory.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK CHANGE HI/LOW*
1 Alabama
Crimson Tide
10-0 1544 56 1 1/1
2 Florida State
Seminoles
10-0 1487 6 2 2/12
3 Ohio State
Buckeyes
10-0 1404 0 3 2/4
4 Baylor
Bears
9-0 1386 0 4 4/NR
5 Oregon
Ducks
9-1 1231 0 7 2 2/7
6 Clemson
Tigers
9-1 1217 0 6 4/10
7 Auburn
Tigers
10-1 1145 0 9 2 7/NR
8 Missouri
Tigers
9-1 1129 0 8 7/NR
9 Oklahoma State
Cowboys
9-1 1030 0 10 1 9/20
10 Texas A&M
Aggies
8-2 928 0 11 1 6/15
11 South Carolina
Gamecocks
8-2 882 0 12 1 6/20
12 Stanford
Cardinal
8-2 865 0 5 7 4/13
13 Michigan State
Spartans
9-1 729 0 16 3 13/NR
14 UCLA
Bruins
8-2 700 0 15 1 10/21
15 Louisville
Cardinals
9-1 627 0 13 2 6/17
16 Fresno State
Bulldogs
9-0 622 0 14 2 14/NR
17 Wisconsin
Badgers
8-2 511 0 20 3 17/NR
18 Oklahoma
Sooners
8-2 502 0 17 1 8/18
19 LSU
Tigers
7-3 478 0 18 1 6/19
20 Central Florida
Knights
8-1 446 0 19 1 19/NR
21 Northern Illinois
Huskies
10-0 418 0 21 20/NR
22 Arizona State
Sun Devils
8-2 352 0 22 22/NR
23 Minnesota
Golden Gophers
8-2 173 0 25 2 23/NR
24 Duke
Blue Devils
8-2 131 0 NR 24/NR
25 USC
Trojans
8-3 115 0 NR 22/NR