How they voted: Badgers in 2014 AP football poll (Week 1)

Over the years I have tracked week to week how the Associated Press top 25 voters have placed Wisconsin. I’ve gotten good feedback on this and people wanted to see it continue, so, despite the loss of the website Pollspeak (which made doing this much easier), I am going to try and continue this weekly look.

Things to keep in mind:

– This is a poll, thus there will sometimes be a wide range of rankings. And this is one reason I do this. Others are accountability and a way to track a voter’s history over the weeks, which can be quite interesting at times.

– No, the AP poll has no bearing on the college football playoff. It also had no bearing on BCS bowl games in the past (but the college poll, which really has some headscratching votes as coaches can vote for their own team – I’m looking at you Arkansas – did). But it provides a national opinion on Wisconsin, the Big Ten and the college football landscape.

So with that out of the way, here’s the results from the first poll. Regular readers of this might be surprised to see the two voters who have the Badgers at No. 5, easily the highest ranknig given to Wisconsin, which received just four top-10 votes. And only one other person had the Badgers in single digits.

Meanwhile, four voters didn’t put Wisconsin on their ballot at all.

As you can see, most of the votes for Wisconsn fell between 12 and 15. Of course, with the Badgers playing LSU in the Aug. 30 opener, you know there will be a wide fluctuation in the Badgers’ rankngs from voters win or lose.

OK, here’s the complete list from the preseason poll:

Voter Week 1
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News 5
Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News 5
Doug Doughty, Roanoke Times 8
Sam Werner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 10
Adam Jude, Seattle Times 12
Eric Avidon, MetroWest Daily News 12
Jay Binkley, KCSP-AM Kansas City 12
Michael Lev, Orange County Register 12
Rob Long, WJFK-FM Washington, D.C. 12
Seth Emerson, Macon Telegraph 12
Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 12
Chris Murray, Reno Gazette-Journal 13
Daniel Berk, Tucson Daily Star 13
Donald Heath, Savannah News 13
Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune 13
Gary Smits, Florida Times-Union 13
Mike Sorensen, Deseret News 13
Adam Zucker, CBS Sports Network 14
Bill Rabinowitz, Columbus Dispatch 14
Brent Axe, Syracuse Post-Standard 14
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Star-Advertiser 14
Garland Gillen, WVUE-TV New Orleans 14
Harold Gutmann, Durham Herald-Sun 14
Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram 14
John Shinn, Norman Transcript 14
John Silver, Manchester Journal Inquirer 14
Ken Medlin, WRAL-TV Raleigh 14
Larry Vaught, Dansville Advocate Messenger 14
Matt McCoy, WTVN-AM Columbus 14
Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station Eagle 14
Steve Batterson, Quad City Times 14
Tim Griffin, San Antonio News-Express 14
Tommy Deas, Tuscaloosa News 14
Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette 15
Iliana Limon, Orlando Sentinel 15
Joey Knight, Tampa Bay Times 15
Kyle Ringo, Daily Camera 15
Mike Herndon, Alabama Media Group 15
Nate Sandell, KSTP-AM Minneapolis 15
Nick Baumgardner, 15
Tom Mulhern, Wisconsin State Journal 15
Charles Davis, FOX Sports 16
Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal 16
Brett McMurphy, ESPN 17
Grant Ramey, Maryville Daily Times 17
Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle 17
Scott Nulph, Laramie Boomerang 17
Adam Sparks, Murfreesboro Daily Journal 18
Ross Dellenger, The Advocate 18
Josh Kendall, The State 19
Keith Sargeant, Asbury Park Press 19
Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel 19
Logan Lowery, NE Miss. Daily Journal 22
Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland Plain Dealer 23
Steve Sipple, Lincoln Journal 23
Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman 24
Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman n/a
Chuck McGill, Charleston Daily n/a
Drew Sharp, Detroit Free Press n/a
Ed Johnson, Albuquerque Journal n/a