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Wisconsin defensive lineman Alec James (57) has helped the Badgers jump into the top 5 of the national rankings.

Upsets help Wisconsin rise in rankings; RB Jonathan Taylor gaining Heisman buzz

Zach Heilprin

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Wisconsin moving up

Wisconsin didn’t play all that well in a 17-9 victory against Purdue, but thanks to a pair of top-5 teams losing, the Badgers moved up in the latest AP Top 25 poll to No. 5. It’s their highest ranking since holding the same spot following its win over Purdue last November.

Meanwhile, the Badgers remain No. 3 in our Land of 10 Power Poll.

Jonathan Taylor and the Heisman Trophy

Following his third 200-yard rushing game of the season, freshman running back Jonathan Taylor is getting mentioned among Heisman Trophy candidates, including Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman having him in his top 5.

An ugly win is still a win for Wisconsin

The Badgers are 6-0 for the first time since 2011, and even though they didn’t play to the level many thought they would against Purdue, the end result is all that matters, writes Jesse Temple.

Wisconsin’s red-zone defense continues to shine

The Badgers came into their game with Purdue on Saturday ranked in the top 10 in the country in terms of red-zone defense and did nothing to hurt their standing in the 17-9 victory. The Boilermakers got inside the 20-yard line four times, and the Badgers limited them to just two field goals.

Bowl projections look good for the Badgers

We’re still in the middle of October, but the Badgers’ early-season success has them positioned for a special season and potentially a very nice bowl location. Sean Keeler looks at the latest bowl projection for Wisconsin.

Wisconsin is unbeaten but lacking consistency

It could be argued that Wisconsin has put together just one complete football game this year — a 40-6 whipping of BYU in mid-September. That the Badgers have continued to win despite the lack of consistency is good, but as Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State Journal writes, the team needs to put it together if the wins are to continue.

Wisconsin offense needs some fine-tuning

After rolling up 494 yards but putting just 17 points on the board against Purdue, Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes the Wisconsin offense has some fine-tuning to do.

Swish Upon a Cure set for Monday

It has a new name, but the goal remains the same for Wisconsin in its fight against cancer. The event once called Shooting Down Cancer is now named Swish Upon a Cure and will take place on Monday at the Kohl Center. All UW-Madison students get a chance to hit a free throw and a half-court shot, with coach Greg Gard donating $5 for the former and $500 for the latter.

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