For Badgers & Notre Dame, not all MAC wins equal in AP top-25 poll
Wisconsin’s 48-0 win over Kent State wasn’t expected to make a ripple in the latest Associated Press top-25 poll.
And, as it turned out, it didn’t. The Badgers did gain some votes – mostly likely due to then-No. 7 Auburn losing – but remained No. 8 in the poll, now behind Florida, which beat Auburn and jumped up over UW from No. 10. OK, that makes sense. A win over a top-10 team certainly stands out more than a shutout over a lower-echelon MAC team.
Wait, scratch that last thought.
No. 9 Notre Dame also beat a MAC team at home this past week. While Wisconsin beat the Golden Flashes 48-0, the Fighting Irish drubbed Bowling Green 52-0.
Apparently that four-point difference was enough for two voters to move Notre Dame past Wisconsin on their top-25 ballot.
Audrey Dahlgren of WLNS-TV dropped Wisconsin from No. 8 to 9 and moved Notre Dame up to 8 from 9. Rob Long of WJFK last had the Badgers at No. 7 (he didn’t turn in a ballot in Week 6). He now has them at No. 9 (also having moved Florida ahead of UW).
Oh, and did we mention that the previous week Kent State beat Bowling Green 62-20?
Enough of that nonsense and back to the positive.
Every voter had Wisconsin ranked in the top 11 this week, including six at No. 6 (last week’s high was No. 7).
Dave Reardon of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Andy Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press were the biggest movers and shakers, pushing Wisconsin up three spots on their ballots. Reardon jumped the Badgers from No. 9 to 6 while Greder moved UW from 10 to 7.
Here’s how all the AP voters cast their ballots in Week 7 compared to the last two weeks:
|Voter||Week 7||Week 6||Week 5|
|Adam Zucker, CBS Sports Network||6||8||8|
|Brooks Kubena, The Advocate||6||7||7|
|Dave Reardon, Honolulu Star-Advertiser||6||9||9|
|Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune||6||7||6|
|Ryan Aber, The Oklahoman||6||8||8|
|Sam McKewon, Omaha World-Herald||6||7||6|
|Andy Greder, St. Paul Pioneer Press||7||10||10|
|Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman||7||7||7|
|Chris Murray, Reno Gazette-Journal||7||8||8|
|Conor O’Neill, Winston-Salem Journal||7||8||8|
|David Briggs, Toledo Blade||7||8||8|
|Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman||7||8||8|
|Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald||7||8||8|
|Matt Baker, Tampa Bay Times||7||8||8|
|Matt McCoy, WTVN-AM Columbus||7||8||8|
|Michael Lev, Arizona Daily Star||7||8||7|
|Nathan Baird, Cleveland.com||7||8||8|
|Steve Virgen, Albuquerque Journal||7||8||9|
|Tom Bragg, Charleston Gazette-Mail||7||7||6|
|Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette||8||9||9|
|Brett McMurphy, Stadium Network||8||8||8|
|Brian Howell, Daily Camera||8||9||9|
|Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News||8||8||8|
|Eric Boynton, Spartanburg Herald-Journal||8||8||8|
|Garland Gillen, WVUE-TV New Orleans||8||8||8|
|Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal||8||8||8|
|Gene Henley, Chattanooga Times/Free Press||8||8||10|
|Jerry DiPaola, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review||8||8||9|
|Joe Dubin, WSMV-TV||8||8||8|
|John Bednarowski, Marietta Daily Journal||8||8||8|
|John Clay, Lexington Herald-Leader||8||9||9|
|Jon Johnson, The Dothan Eagle||8||8||8|
|Lauren Brownlow, WRAL Baltimore||8||9||9|
|Mark Whicker, L.A. Daily News||8||8||7|
|Matt Brown, The Athletic||8||8||8|
|Neill Ostrout, Journal Inquirer||8||9||9|
|Norm Wood, The Daily Press||8||9||9|
|Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun||8||8||10|
|Rece Davis, ESPN||8||8||8|
|Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station Eagle||8||8||7|
|Steve Wiseman, Durham Herald-Sun||8||9||9|
|Tom Green, Alabama Media Group||8||8||8|
|Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette||8||8||8|
|Aaron McMann, Mlive Media Group||9||11||11|
|Audrey Dahlgren, WLNS-TV||9||8||9|
|Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal||9||11||9|
|Jim Holder, WTVA-Tupelo||9||10||10|
|Jim Polzin, Wisconsin State Journal||9||10||10|
|Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News||9||9||10|
|Rob Long, WJFK-FM Washington, D.C.||9||n/a||7|
|Steve Batterson, Quad City Times||9||10||10|
|Davis Potter, Casper Star-Tribune||10||11||11|
|Dylan Sinn, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette||10||10||9|
|Michael Vega, Boston Globe||10||11||11|
|Nate Mink, Syracuse Media Group||10||10||9|
|Tom D’Angelo, Palm Beach Post||10||10||10|
|Alex Schiffer, Kansas City Star||11||12||12|
|Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune||11||12||11|
|James Kratch, The Star Ledger||11||11||9|
|Josh Furlong, KSL.com||11||11||10|
|Soren Petro, 810 WHB Kansas City||11||12||12|
|Theo Lawson, Spokesman-Review||11||12||12|
Dave Heller is the author of Ken Williams: A Slugger in Ruth’s Shadow (a Larry Ritter Book Award nominee), Facing Ted Williams – Players From the Golden Age of Baseball Recall the Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived and As Good As It Got: The 1944 St. Louis Browns