Pollsters finally impressed with Wisconsin, bye week comes at a good time and Joe Thomas makes history
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Wisconsin finally impresses the voters
For the first time this season, Wisconsin moved up in the AP Top 25. Buoyed by their 40-6 whipping of BYU, the Badgers jumped one spot to No. 9 in the latest rankings, moving ahead of fellow Big Ten member Ohio State, and moved up two spots in the Amway Coaches Poll to No. 10.
However, in the Land of 10 poll, our writers felt no need to move them up in their power poll despite a dominating win.
Early bye hits at opportune time
Though it will mean playing nine straight weeks of Big Ten action, Wisconsin’s bye this week comes at an opportune time to get some players healthy before opening the conference season Sept. 30 against Northwestern, according to Jason Galloway of the Wisconsin State Journal.
Joe Thomas hits 10,000 snaps
Perhaps the most decorated lineman in Wisconsin history, Joe Thomas has gone on to a surefire Hall of Fame career in the NFL. On Sunday, the tackle hit a milestone, playing his 10,000th straight snap with the Cleveland Browns, believed to be the longest streak to start a career.
Win helps Wisconsin bowl projections
A big nonconference win is always valuable come bowl season, and that’s exactly what the Badgers got with their victory against BYU. Sean Keeler takes a look at what the win could mean come playoff time.
Fans stunned by BYU’s hospitality
Wisconsin fans invaded Provo, Utah, this weekend to see their Badgers take on the Cougars, and from a local bar opening five hours earlier than normal to random acts of kindness from the locals, the visiting fans were shocked by the treatment they received, according to the Deseret News.
Alex Hornibrook in elite company
Setting the school record for single-game completion percentage and piling up career-highs in yards, touchdowns and passing efficiency all mean you have had a pretty good game, and that’s certainly what Wisconsin’s Alex Hornibrook had on Saturday against BYU. But just how good was it? Brian Mason from UW’s Athletic Communications shared how special it was with a remarkable note.
Since 2000, only 2 FBS QBs have completed 94% of passes (min 15 att) in a road game:
Russell Wilson (MINN, '11)
Alex Hornibrook (BYU, '17)
— Brian Mason (@Brian_Mason) September 17, 2017
Wisconsin adds Illinois State to 2022 schedule
The Badgers have added FCS Illinois State to their 2022 schedule, according to Pantagraph.com. The addition would seemingly fill out the nonconference portion of the schedule with home games against Washington State and Hawaii already announced.
Like old times for Melvin Gordon, Derek Watt
Running back Melvin Gordon ran for quite a few touchdowns behind fullback Derek Watt while the duo was at Wisconsin. They were back at it on Sunday in Los Angeles with the Chargers, as Watt led Gordon into the end zone for a score in a loss to the Miami Dolphins.
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) September 17, 2017
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