Wisconsin didn’t fall victim to the upset bug on Saturday, routing Illinois 48-3 to remain in first place in the Big Ten West.
But with crazy upsets happening all around the Badgers in the Top 10, how much would Wisconsin jump in the rankings? It turns out, just one spot.
Previous rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 7/No. 7
New rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 6/No. 6
Last result: Beat Illinois 48-3
What it means: Just keep winning.
If Wisconsin defeats Purdue and Minnesota (and it will be a huge favorite to do so), the Badgers would get to 10-2 overall and win the Big Ten West. That would put Wisconsin into the Big Ten title game. No matter which team Wisconsin faces (Michigan, Ohio State or Penn State), the Badgers would be in position to make a case for the College Football Playoff with a win to get to 11-2.
As the highest-ranked two-loss team in the rankings, Wisconsin is obviously seen as one of the nation’s best. The defense continues to play at an elite level. But if the offense gets into a rhythm, the Badgers will have a strong playoff resume.