How they voted: Badgers in 2016 AP football poll (Week 13)

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This Associated Press top-25 poll thing is getting easier each week for the Wisconsin Badgers.

Wisconsin keeps winning and a team above the Badgers keeps losing, allowing UW to move up a spot in the top 25, now all the way to No. 5.

The ballots from the AP voters are getting a little boring, too.

Sure, a couple of pollsters moved Wisconsin down one spot, but it’s hard to complain with all the 1-loss teams ahead of the Badgers or 9-2 Oklahoma, which had a big win at West Virginia this past Saturday, on every ballot.

Well, every ballot but one.

Sorry, Josh Kendall, but we have to put the spotlight on you once again.

While every other top-25 voter has Wisconsin ranked between No. 4 and No. 7, Kendall has the Badgers at No. 2. That’s up one spot from last week because Kendall had Louisville, which lost last Thursday, at No. 2 on his last ballot.

Looking at Kendall’s ballot, you have to wonder if he’s pranking everyone. At least his top 10 makes you feel that way. Besides the obvious choice of Alabama at No. 1, Kendall’s next nine are: 9-2 Wisconsin, 9-2 Penn State, 9-2 Oklahoma, 10-1 Ohio State (yes, fifth), 8-3 USC (yes, sixth), 10-1 Washington, 10-1 Clemson, 10-1 Michigan and 9-2 Colorado. He also has 8-3 Florida State at No. 11 and 7-4 Iowa — Iowa! — at 22.

Well, as I always say, that’s why they call it a poll.

Here’s all the ballots from Week 11 plus the previous three weeks for a comparison:

Voter Week 13 Week 12 Week 11 Week 10
Josh Kendall, The State 2 3 5 5
Andy Greder, St. Paul Pioneer Press 4 4 7 7
Ed Daigneault, Republican-American 4 5 7 7
Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune 4 5 7 7
Garland Gillen, WVUE-TV New Orleans 4 5 7 8
Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal 4 4 7 7
Jonny Miller, WBZ News Radio 4 4 7 7
Sam McKewon, Omaha World-Herald 4 5 6 6
Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette 5 5 7 7
Brett McMurphy, ESPN 5 6 7 7
Brian Howell, Daily Camera 5 5 7 8
Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News 5 7 7 8
Ed Johnson, Albuquerque Journal 5 6 7 8
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Star-Advertiser 5 6 7 8
Graham Watson, Yahoo Sports 5 6 8 8
Jason Galloway, Wisconsin State Journal 5 6 7 8
Jeff Miller, Orange County Register 5 6 7 8
Jerry DiPaola, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 5 6 7 8
Joe Dubin, WSMV-TV 5 6 8 8
John Clay, Lexington Herald-Leader 5 6 7 7
John Shinn, The Norman (Okla.) Transcript 5 4 7 8
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News 5 5 6 5
Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman 5 6 7 8
Mandy Mitchell, WRAL-TV 5 7 7 8
Matt Charboneau, The Detroit News 5 6 7 7
Matt McCoy, WTVN-AM Columbus 5 6 7 8
Mike Barber, Richmond Times-Dispatch 5 6 10 9
Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel 5 6 6 7
Robert Gagliardi, Wyoming Tribune Eagle 5 6 7 7
Ross Dellenger, The Advocate, Baton Rouge 5 6 7 8
Scott Hamilton, Winston-Salem Journal 5 6 7 7
Adam Jude, Seattle Times 6 7 7 8
Adam Zucker, CBS Sports Network 6 8 7 8
Bill Landis, Cleveland Plain Dealer 6 8 7 8
Brent Axe, Syracuse Post-Standard 6 6 7 8
Chris Murray, Reno Gazette-Journal 6 7 7 8
Dana Sulonen, Opelika-Auburn News 6 6 7 8
David Briggs, Toledo Blade 6 6 7 8
Garry Smits, Florida Times-Union 6 6 7 7
Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram 6 7 7 9
Joe Walljasper, Columbia Tribune 6 7 7 7
Joey Knight, Tampa Bay Times 6 6 7 7
Keith Sargeant, NJ.com 6 7 7 7
Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald 6 7 7 8
Marq Burnett, SEC Country 6 7 7 8
Michael Bonner, Jackson Clarion-Ledger 6 7 7 8
Michael Lev, Arizona Daily Star 6 5 7 8
Mitch Vingle, Charleston Gazette-Mail 6 6 7 7
Nathan Deen, Savannah Morning News 6 7 7 8
Pat Caputo, Oakland Press 6 6 7 7
Patrick Brown, Chattanooga Times Free Press 6 6 7 7
Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station Eagle 6 7 7 8
Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News 6 7 7 8
Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 6 7 7 8
Tony Parks, KZNS 6 6 7 12
Dave Southern, Idaho Statesman 7 7 7 7
Matt Galloway, Topkea Capital-Journal 7 7 7 8
Matt Porter, Palm Beach Post 7 7 7 7
Rob Long, WJFK-FM Washington, D.C. 7 7 7 8
Steve Batterson, Quad City Times 7 7 7 7
Steve Wiseman, Durham Herald-Sun 7 8 7 8

Dave Heller is the author of the upcoming book Ken Williams: A Slugger in Ruth’s Shadow as well as 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