Wisconsin showed perseverance by responding to the previous week’s tough overtime loss to Ohio State by winning at dangerous Iowa, 17-9, on Saturday. What would the win do? Did Ohio State’s loss hurt the perception of Wisconsin?
Previous rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 10/No. 10
New rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 11/No. 11
Last result: Won 17-9 at Iowa
What it means: At first glance, the drop in the Coaches Poll and the AP Poll may look like voters lost respect for Wisconsin, but it probably has more to do about West Virginia. The Mountaineers are an unbeaten Big 12 team and just routed TCU, pushing them from No. 13 to No. 9.
With Wisconsin facing Nebraska on Saturday, the Badgers would easily move back into the Top 10, considering the Huskers are undefeated and in the Top 10 in the major polls. In other words, if the Badgers keep winning, they’ll push back toward the top.