The Big Ten now has two top-5 teams — and a highly ranked debut for another.
In Tuesday’s new AP Poll, both Michigan (No. 5) and Ohio State (No. 4) jumped into the top 5 after blowout wins this past week. Iowa and Michigan State remain in the poll, but Wisconsin is the other big story. The Badgers went from unranked to No. 10 after beating then-No. 5 LSU 16-14.
As for Michigan, the Wolverines are in the AP Top 5 for the first time since the start of the 2007 season, when Michigan memorably (or infamously) lost to Appalachian State while ranked fifth.
This is also the first time since the 2006 season that both Ohio State and Michigan are in the top 5 at the same time. That season, No. 1 Ohio State beat No. 2 Michigan, 42-39, the day after Michigan coaching legend Bo Schembechler died .
Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s season-opening win is a drastic turnaround from how the Badgers started a year ago. While ranked No. 20, Wisconsin lost to No. 3 Alabama, 35-17, in 2015. This year, an unranked Badgers team got the upset win against a top-5 SEC foe, this time LSU and Heisman contender Leonard Fournette.
Finally, Michigan State remained No. 12 and Iowa moved up one spot to No. 16.