Wisconsin didn’t play a game. It didn’t matter to poll voters.
The Badgers are 4-1 and coming off a bye, but they still moved up in both the AP and Coaches Poll released Monday. Wisconsin is back in the Top 10 in both major polls.
Previous rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 13/No. 11
New rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 10/No. 8
Last result: Wisconsin had a bye. The Badgers lost to Michigan 14-7 in their last game on Oct. 1.
What it means: Because voters almost automatically move up teams that don’t lose, Wisconsin was assured of moving up when Houston, Tennessee and Miami — all top-10 teams — all lost on Saturday. But the Badgers have also earned respect by beating LSU, being the first team to beat Michigan State and then losing by only 7 on the road to a dominant Michigan team.
But Wisconsin has its biggest game of the season set for Saturday night. No. 2 Ohio State comes to town, where a win could push the Badgers toward the top 5 and into serious consideration for the College Football Playoff. It would also make the Big Ten West race an interesting one between Wisconsin and Nebraska, though those two won’t meet until Oct. 29.