How they voted: Badgers in 2016 AP football poll (Week 10)
Cue "I’m a Believer" by The Monkees.
After Wisconsin beat then-No. 7 Nebraska in overtime at home, the Badgers moved up to No. 8 in the latest Associated Press top-25 poll.
Last week, more than half of the voters (38 of 61) had Wisconsin ranked in double digits. This week, after that win over the Huskers, everyone has the Badgers ranked from No. 5-9.
This includes Rob Long and Kirk Bohls, both of whom now have Wisconsin at No. 8 after ranking the Badgers at 17 and 18, respectively, last week. This is the highest ranking for both as well. Long’s previous highest ranking for Wisconsin was
(Of course, all this confidence in the Badgers comes as they get ready to play in their house of horrors, known as Ryan Field, where they haven’t won since 1999, but that’s another story.)
Wait, did I say everyone had UW ranked between Nos. 5-9? Sorry, I meant all but one person.
Tony Parks of KZNS in Salt Lake City has Wisconsin at No. 12 on his ballot. Which in and of itself is fine. But Parks also has Nebraska at No. 9.
OK, maybe there’s a good reason for this.
Uh, say what?
@Pioneerloft are you saying Penn State should be ranked ahead of Ohio State too?
— Tony Parks (@tonyparkszone) October 30, 2016
Here’s all the ballots from Week 10 as well as the previous two weeks for comparison:
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