How they voted: Badgers in 2016 AP football poll (Week 12)

With a number of top teams losing last weekend it had an expected shakeup in the Associated Press top-25 poll and the Wisconsin Badgers were among those affected.

Wisconsin was ranked No. 7 on nearly every ballot last week. It’s no surprise, then, that the Badgers were placed the most at No. 6 this week, what with all the teams above them losing, especially then-No. 4 Washington.

But there are, as always, outliers.

Eight AP voters have Wisconsin at No. 5 — for six of these it meant moving the Badgers up two spots from last week (the other two had UW at No. 6).

Four AP voters have Wisconsin at No. 4, all moving the Badgers up three spots from last week. All four moved UW in front of Michigan, which lost at Iowa, a team Wisconsin beat on the road (but of course the Badgers also lost 14-7 at Michigan). Another voter, Bob Asmussen, has Michigan No. 6, with Oklahoma No. 5. Andy Greder also has Oklahoma at 5, but has Michigan at 7 behind Washington. Greder also has LSU ranked No. 9 and Penn State No. 16. Needless to say it is an interesting ballot.

Speaking of interesting ballots, there’s Josh Kendall. He has Wisconsin at No. 3. Yes, third in the country. Of course, Kendall also has Louisville at 2 and Penn State at 4, followed by Ohio State, Florida State, Oklahoma and USC.

On the flip side, three voters moved Wisconsin down a spot, from 7 to 8. In two of the case — Adam Zucker and Bill Landis — they moved Penn State, which won at Indiana, up ahead of the Badgers. That’s an interesting move, albeit one which could be decided in the Big Ten title game. Steve Wiseman moved one-loss West Virginia, which beat Texas, into the spot ahead of Wisconsin.

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

Voter Week 12 Week 11 Week 10 Week 9
Josh Kendall, The State 3 5 5 5
Andy Greder, St. Paul Pioneer Press 4 7 7 7
Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal 4 7 7 10
John Shinn, The Norman (Okla.) Transcript 4 7 8 11
Jonny Miller, WBZ News Radio 4 7 7 7
Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette 5 7 7 8
Brian Howell, Daily Camera 5 7 8 12
Ed Daigneault, Republican-American 5 7 7 9
Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune 5 7 7 7
Garland Gillen, WVUE-TV New Orleans 5 7 8 11
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News 5 6 5 6
Michael Lev, Arizona Daily Star 5 7 8 10
Sam McKewon, Omaha World-Herald 5 6 6 10
Brent Axe, Syracuse Post-Standard 6 7 8 12
Brett McMurphy, ESPN 6 7 7 9
Dana Sulonen, Opelika-Auburn News 6 7 8 10
David Briggs, Toledo Blade 6 7 8 8
Ed Johnson, Albuquerque Journal 6 7 8 10
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Star-Advertiser 6 7 8 9
Garry Smits, Florida Times-Union 6 7 7 12
Graham Watson, Yahoo Sports 6 8 8 9
Jason Galloway, Wisconsin State Journal 6 7 8 8
Jeff Miller, Orange County Register 6 7 8 10
Jerry DiPaola, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 6 7 8 11
Joe Dubin, WSMV-TV 6 8 8 10
Joey Knight, Tampa Bay Times 6 7 7 7
John Clay, Lexington Herald-Leader 6 7 7 7
Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman 6 7 8 18
Matt Charboneau, The Detroit News 6 7 7 10
Matt McCoy, WTVN-AM Columbus 6 7 8 10
Mike Barber, Richmond Times-Dispatch 6 10 9 12
Mitch Vingle, Charleston Gazette-Mail 6 7 7 9
Pat Caputo, Oakland Press 6 7 7 10
Patrick Brown, Chattanooga Times Free Press 6 7 7 7
Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel 6 6 7 9
Robert Gagliardi, Wyoming Tribune Eagle 6 7 7 12
Ross Dellenger, The Advocate, Baton Rouge 6 7 8 11
Scott Hamilton, Winston-Salem Journal 6 7 7 10
Tony Parks, KZNS 6 7 12 14
Adam Jude, Seattle Times 7 7 8 10
Chris Murray, Reno Gazette-Journal 7 7 8 10
Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News 7 7 8 11
Dave Southern, Idaho Statesman 7 7 7 10
Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram 7 7 9 12
Joe Walljasper, Columbia Tribune 7 7 7 8
Keith Sargeant, NJ.com 7 7 7 10
Mandy Mitchell, WRAL-TV 7 7 8 10
Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald 7 7 8 11
Marq Burnett, SEC Country 7 7 8 11
Matt Galloway, Topkea Capital-Journal 7 7 8 12
Matt Porter, Palm Beach Post 7 7 7 9
Michael Bonner, Jackson Clarion-Ledger 7 7 8 9
Nathan Deen, Savannah Morning News 7 7 8 11
Rob Long, WJFK-FM Washington, D.C. 7 7 8 17
Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station Eagle 7 7 8 10
Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News 7 7 8 8
Steve Batterson, Quad City Times 7 7 7 9
Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 7 7 8 12
Adam Zucker, CBS Sports Network 8 7 8 11
Bill Landis, Cleveland Plain Dealer 8 7 8 8
Steve Wiseman, Durham Herald-Sun 8 7 8 10

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