Anyone who stayed up Saturday night saw Wisconsin play just about evenly with No. 2 Ohio State. It was a top-10 showdown worth all the hype.
But the Badgers did lose, 30-23 in overtime. How would voters treat Wisconsin?
Previous rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 10/No. 8
New rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 10/No. 10
Last result: Lost 30-23 in overtime to No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday
What it means: Yes, Wisconsin does have two losses. But they’re to Ohio State and Michigan — two teams ranked in the top 4 of the polls (Michigan is now 3 in the AP Poll). They’ve also come in overtime by 7 and on the road by 7. Add it all up and the Badgers have proven to be one of the country’s best teams.
Voters seem to think that way, too. No matter the opponent, voters will often automatically drop teams that lost while also moving up winning teams. That means the Badgers’ drop was almost inevitable. Still, Wisconsin clearly has respect because the fall wasn’t drastic.
The Badgers can move back up quickly, too. Wisconsin travels to Iowa next and then plays at home against top-10 Nebraska.