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Wisconsin Football Continues to Drop in the Polls Despite Winning



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Georgia Southern Eagles wide receiver Anthony Queeley (4) avoids the tackle from Wisconsin Badgers cornerback Ricardo Hallman (2) during the first half of the game on Saturday September 16, 2023 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis.

Last week, the Wisconsin football team fell out of the AP Top 25 after losing to Washington State. The Badgers did earn some votes, however, and were technically ranked 31st in the country.

Well, even after they bounced back and beat Georgia Southern at home, 35-14, the Badgers have continued to drop in the rankings. They did, however, still appear on some of the voter’s ballots.

Let’s break down where the Wisconsin football team landed in the Week 4 AP Poll.

Breaking Down Where Wisconsin Football Falls in the AP Voting

Last week, the Badgers found themselves just outside of the top 25, but still appeared on four ballots (2 votes at No. 23 and 2 votes at No. 24).

This week, despite winning, they appeared on just one ballot at No. 24, putting them at No. 36, tied with Syracuse.

That lone voter has been the same one who has shown belief in them all season: Jon Wilner. Wilner had the Wisconsin football team ranked 15th in the preseason poll and only dropped them to No. 23 after their loss to Washington State in the Week 2 poll.

This week, Wilner kept the Badgers in the conversation, putting them at No. 24 in his poll. By doing that, the Badgers received two points this week.

Florida (No. 25), Missouri (27), Fresno State (30), Kentucky (33), Maryland (34), and BYU (35), all jumped the Badgers this week. They are still ahead of Auburn and Louisville, both of which received one point this week.

The Badgers will have a chance to possibly get back into the top 25 with a win against Purdue. But I think it’s going to take a decisive, dominating win for the Wisconsin football team, and some teams ahead of them to lose in order to get back into the top 25 in Week 4.

Where Do Other Big Ten Teams Fall In the Poll?

Let’s take a look at where Big Ten teams other than Wisconsin football landed in the Week 4 AP Poll and a little breakdown for each team.

Michigan – No. 2: The Wolverines continue to rack up wins with their pathetic non-conference schedule. They beat Bowling Green in Week 3, 31-6, despite being 40-point favorites. They earned 1,481 points. They also earned two first-place votes. The lowest they appeared on a ballot was No. 5.

Ohio State – No. 6: The Buckeyes are No. 6 for a second straight week. Despite dominating Western Kentucky, 63-10, it wasn’t enough to convince voters to move them up higher on their ballots. The highest they appear is No. 2 (1 ballot), and the lowest is No. 9 (2 ballots).

Penn State – No. 7: Like Michigan and Ohio State, Penn State stayed where they were last year. They defeated Illinois, 30-13 in Week 3. Their highest vote was No. 3 and their lowest was 12.

Iowa – No. 24: The Hawkeyes moved up a spot this week after putting up 41 (you read that correctly) points on Western Michigan on Saturday. They received a vote as high as No. 18 and we were unranked by 22 voters. They will visit Penn State next week.

Maryland – NR (No. 34) – The Terrapins received four points this week. They got one vote at No. 22. The Terapins defeated Virginia 42-14 as 15-point favorites last week. They will have a trip to Michigan State this week.

Wisconsin – NR (No. 36) – As previously stated, Wisconsin football received one vote at No. 24 and were otherwise left off ballots completely.

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Christian Borman was born and raised in Wisconsin and covers the Badgers football and basketball programs, plus some recruiting for He previously covered the Wisconsin Badgers for years as the site expert for Badger of Honor of the Fansided Network.