Wisconsin’s offense struggled in the 14-7 loss to Michigan, but the Badgers’ defense remains one of the nation’s top units.
Still, because Wisconsin did lose, and thus voters dropped the Badgers in their polls. But considering it was a tight game on the road against a top-5 team, how much would Wisconsin be punished? Turns out, not too badly.
Previous rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 8/No. 8
New rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 13/No. 11
Last result: Lost at Michigan, 14-7
What it means: Wisconsin lost by only 7 on the road to a top-5 team. That means voters didn’t feel like they had to drop Wisconsin too far in the polls — the Badgers remain a top-15 team in both. Sure, Wisconsin’s win against Michigan State doesn’t look as good as it did even a week ago, but the Badgers still have earned respect from voters with an unbeaten September that began with the 16-14 win against LSU.
The Badgers have this upcoming weekend off before another shot at a landscape-changing win, at home against No. 2 Ohio State on Oct. 15. That’s a prime chance for the Badgers to move back in the top 10 and make a charge into the New Year’s Six or even College Football Playoff picture.