Louisville’s loss last week allowed several teams to jump up a spot in the latest College Football Playoff rankings unveiled on Tuesday night. One of those teams was Wisconsin.
But when the bottom of the rankings were unveiled first, it appeared the Badgers’ résumé suffered a blow as LSU, who the Badgers beat in the first week of the season, dropped out of the rankings entirely. Sixth-ranked Wisconsin now just has one win over a team inside of the committee’s rankings entering the final week of the regular season.
Could that have a detrimental consequence? Not according to College Football Playoff selection committee chairman Kirby Hocutt.
“The committee has been very impressed with Wisconsin from the LSU game up to the current week in the season,” Hocutt said while speaking on ESPN on Tuesday night. “Their two losses are to top-3 teams by a touchdown or less. LSU is a team that fell out of our rankings this week, but as we went inside the room and talked to the coaches that are on the selection committee, LSU is a very talented team that I don’t think any of our coaches if they were still coaching today would want to play. They did fall out of our rankings, but that was still a strong win for Wisconsin.”
As Hocutt mentioned, Wisconsin’s two losses this year have come to No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan by a combined 14 points. The team’s one victory over a ranked opponent came in a 23-17 overtime win over No. 16 Nebraska on Oct. 29.
If the Badgers (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten) beat Minnesota (8-3, 5-3) on Saturday, they will play in Big Ten Championship Game, setting up a potential opportunity for it to make the College Football Playoff with a win in that contest.