How they voted: Badgers in 2014 AP football poll (Final)

BY Dave Heller • January 14, 2015

After beating Auburn in the Outback Bowl, there was little doubt Wisconsin would move up in the final Associated Press top 25 poll of the season. And, indeed, the Badgers went from No. 17 to No. 13. No team which was ranked in the top 12 jumped over UW in the final poll, as well. So, I guess you could say it was a fair resting spot for the Badgers.

Naturally, Wisconsin received several big boosts from voters. 

Gary Horowitz of the Statesman Journal and Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel both moved Wisconsin up 10 spots. Horowitz from 20 to 10 and DiPrimio 22 to 12. Those were the biggest jumps.

And everyone moved Wisconsin up, right . . .?

Think again.

Five voters moved the Badgers down on their ballot after the Outback Bowl win.

The most egregious example is Kellis Robinett of the Wichita Eagle who slid the Badgers down five (!!!!! - that's one exclamation point for each) spots, from 13 to 18. Five. All I can say is wow.

But as mentioned, Robinett wasn't the only one to move Wisconsin down after, again, a win, and one over an SEC team in a good bowl game. 

The others: Adam Jude, Seattle Times (13 to 14); Charles Davis, FOX Sports (15 to 17),  Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland Plain Dealer (15 to 18) and John Shinn, Norman Transcript (15 to 19).

OK then.

Here's the list of all the ballots, including a comparison from Week 16 (after loss to Ohio State) and Week 15 (after beating Minnesota to claim Big Ten West title):

Voter Final Week 16 Week 15
Brent Axe, Syracuse Post-Standard 9 14 10
Chuck McGill, Charleston Daily 9 13 12
Josh Kendall, The State 9 12 8
Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station Eagle 9 12 9
Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette 10 12 9
Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal 10 20 12
Keith Sargeant, Asbury Park Press 10 13 10
Logan Lowery, NE Miss. Daily Journal 10 16 10
Sam Werner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 10 14 10
Chris Murray, Reno Gazette-Journal 11 14 8
Daniel Berk, Tucson Daily Star 11 14 10
Joey Knight, Tampa Bay Times 11 15 10
Adam Sparks, Murfreesboro Daily Journal 12 12 11
Donald Heath, Savannah News 12 14 12
Ed Johnson, Albuquerque Journal 12 19 11
Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune 12 19 13
Gary Smits, Florida Times-Union 12 17 8
John Silver, Manchester Journal Inquirer 12 14 10
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News 12 19 14
Nate Sandell, KSTP-AM Minneapolis 12 13 10
Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel 12 22 9
Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News 12 15 14
Adam Zucker, CBS Sports Network 13 14 10
Bill Rabinowitz, Columbus Dispatch 13 18 8
Doug Doughty, Roanoke Times 13 14 9
Iliana Limon, Orlando Sentinel 13 15 10
Mike Herndon, Alabama Media Group 13 15 11
Rob Long, WJFK-FM Washington, D.C. 13 14 9
Steve Batterson, Quad City Times 13 18 10
Adam Jude, Seattle Times 14 13 9
Eric Avidon, MetroWest Daily News 14 16 9
Garland Gillen, WVUE-TV New Orleans 14 20 11
Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram 14 17 10
Matt McCoy, WTVN-AM Columbus 14 20 11
Scott Hamilton, Winston-Salem Journal 14 16 10
Seth Emerson, Macon Telegraph 14 16 12
Tim Griffin, San Antonio News-Express 14 15 10
Ken Medlin, WRAL-TV Raleigh 15 17 11
Larry Vaught, Dansville Advocate Messenger 15 21 12
Mike Sorensen, Deseret News 15 24 10
Nick Baumgardner, mlive.com 15 20 11
Ross Dellenger, The Advocate 15 19 10
Scott Nulph, Laramie Boomerang 15 23 10
Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 15 18 12
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Star-Advertiser 16 18 12
Grant Ramey, Maryville Daily Times 16 17 9
Jim Polzin, Wisconsin State Journal 16 20 11
Kyle Ringo, Daily Camera 16 19 11
Tommy Deas, Tuscaloosa News 16 18 12
Charles Davis, FOX Sports 17 15 9
Jay Binkley, KCSP-AM Kansas City 17 21 12
Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman 17 21 11
Michael Lev, Orange County Register 17 18 12
Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman 18 24 13
Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland Plain Dealer 18 15 11
Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle 18 13 10
Brett McMurphy, ESPN 19 24 13
John Shinn, Norman Transcript 19 15 11
Drew Sharp, Detroit Free Press 23 n/a 12
Steve Sipple, Lincoln Journal n/a 18 n/a

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