Wisconsin will think about coughing up the 21-point lead for a long time. But the Badgers are still one of the nation’s best.
The Badgers had hopes of getting into the College Football Playoff with a Big Ten title and with some help, but Wisconsin lost to surging Penn State on Saturday night, 38-31.
Wisconsin was ranked around the top 5 going into the weekend’s action, so what happened to the 10-3 Badgers after the heartbreaking loss?
Previous rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 5/No. 6
New rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 8/No. 8
Last result: Lost to Penn State, 38-31, on Saturday in the Big Ten Championship Game
What it means: Wisconsin would have made at least to the Rose Bowl if it beat Penn State. But the loss means the Badgers have to be content with ranking toward the back end of the Top 10 and with “only” a New Year’s Six game appearance. The defeat will have Wisconsin fans asking, “What if?” But at 10-3, the Badgers have come a long way — they weren’t even ranked to start the season
Up next: Wisconsin won’t play in the College Football Playoff or the Rose Bowl, but the top-10 Badgers have put together a strong season that should land it in a New Year’s Six game. Bowl destinations will be announced Sunday afternoon.