Badgers finish season at No. 7 in AP poll

January 9, 2018

The Wisconsin Badgers finished the season at No. 7 overall in the final AP Top 25 poll, two spots ahead of where they were slotted in the preseason rankings Aug. 21.

Despite decisively beating the University of Miami 34-24 Dec. 30 in the Orange Bowl, the Badgers slipped down a spot from No. 6 in the poll released in early December.



The University of Central Florida was the team that jumped ahead of Wisconsin, moving up from 10th to sixth after it capped a perfect 13-0 season with a 34-27 victory over Auburn in the Peach Bowl.

The No. 7 ranking is the Badgers’ best final mark since 2010, when they lost in the Rose Bowl to TCU and owned an 11-2 record. Wisconsin hasn’t finished a season in the nation’s top five since 1999, when it was slotted at No. 5.

Alabama was voted No. 1 after the Crimson Tide beat Georgia in the national championship game. Unbeaten Central Florida finished sixth.

The Crimson Tide received 57 of 61 first-place votes from the media panel after its 26-23 overtime win on Monday night. UCF received the other four and finished with the best ranking in the history of the program. The Knights are the first bowl-eligible team to finish the season undefeated and not win a national title since TCU in 2010. Ohio State was 12-0 in 2012, but banned from the postseason by the NCAA.

Georgia finished second, its best ranking since 2007, and Oklahoma was third, followed by Clemson and Ohio State.

The AP national championship is the 11th for the Crimson Tide, three more than any other school, and fifth under coach Nick Saban since 2009. Saban joins the late Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant as the only coaches with five AP titles.

Alabama is the first preseason No. 1 to finish No. 1 since Southern California in 2004 and the 11th overall. For the fourth time, two teams from the same conference finished Nos. 1 and 2. The last three times it has happened involved Southeastern Conference teams at the top (2007, 2011 and now 2017).

Washington State, which lost to Michigan State 42-17 in the Holiday Bowl, was the only team ranked in the final regular-season poll to fall out of the Top 25 after the bowl season. North Carolina State moved in after beating Arizona State 52-31 in the Sun Bowl and finished No. 23.

FINAL AP TOP 25 POLL
































































































































































No. Team Record Prev. Rank
1 Alabama 13-1

4


2 Georgia

13-2



3


3 Oklahoma

12-2



2


4 Clemson

12-2



1


5 Ohio State

12-2



5


6 UCF

13-0



10


7 Wisconsin

13-1



6


8 Penn State

11-2



9


9 TCU

11-3



13


10 Auburn

10-4



7


11 Notre Dame

10-3



14


12 USC

11-3



8


13 Miami (FL)

10-3



11


14 Oklahoma State

10-3



17


15 Michigan State

10-3



18


16 Washington

10-3



12


17 Northwestern

10-3



20


18 LSU

9-4



16


19 Mississippi State

9-4



24


20 Stanford

9-5



15


21 South Florida

10-2



23


22 Boise State

11-3



25


23 North Carolina State

9-4



N/A


24 Virginia Tech

9-4



22


25 Memphis

10-3



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