One AP top-25 voter left Badgers off ballot but had Iowa ranked

The Wisconsin Badgers moved up one spot in the latest Associated Press top-25 poll this week to No. 15 … but maybe it should have been 14?

Wisconsin accumulated 710 points in the latest poll while No. 14 Florida had 719. That is equal to a 16th-place vote if, say, someone didn’t have the Badgers ranked at all. But would anyone have UW unranked?

Yup.

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Andy Greder left Wisconsin completely off his top-25 ballot, which OK, maybe there’s an argument to be made there even though every other voter ranked the Badgers, with the lowest coming in at No. 20.

But Greder had Iowa — the team that lost to Wisconsin at home two weeks ago, has the same record as the Badgers and just beat *checks notes* Minnesota — ranked No. 24. Greder also has 3-2 TCU ranked No. 21 (his rankings from 15-25 are Miami, Auburn, Oregon, Texas A&M, NC State, Colorado, TCU, Kentucky, South Florida, Iowa and Cincinnati). And one more note: Two weeks ago, after that win over Iowa, Greder had Wisconsin ranked No. 14 (he did not cast a ballot last week).

What happened in two weeks? Maybe it was just an honest mistake. Because we’re not sure what else it could be.

While the absence on Greder’s ballot might have cost Wisconsin one slot in the AP top 25, let’s face it, it won’t matter too much after this Saturday when the Badgers play at Michigan. Win that game, and UW will get a nice boost. Lose, and, well, maybe a lot more voters will follow Greder’s path.

That being said, a few voters did rank Wisconsin higher than Michigan this week. The list (voter – UW, Michigan):

Aaron McMann – 12, 13

Ben Jones – 10, 12

Bob Asmussen – 8, 12

Brandon Marcello – 10, 17

Conor O’Neill – 9, 11

John Bednarowski – 9, 13

John Clay – 13, 14

Jonny Miller – 9, 14

Kirk Bohls – 12, 15

Lauren Brownlow – 9, 17

Mike Barber – 12, 15

Robert Gagliardi – 11, 13

Scott Rabalais – 15, 16

Sean Manning – 10, 12

Steve Batterson – 11, 13

Here’s the complete rankings from this week with a comparison to the voting from Weeks 5-7:

Voter Week 7 Week 6 Week 5
Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette 8 11 13
Conor O’Neill, Winston-Salem Journal 9 11 11
John Bednarowski, Marietta Daily Journal 9 12 13
Johnny Miller, WBZ Radio 9 11 13
Lauren Brownlow, WRAL Baltimore 9 12 13
Ben Jones, Tuscaloosa News 10 13 12
Brandon Marcello, 247 Sports 10 14 14
Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press 10 12 12
Sean Manning, The Dominion Post 10 11 13
Soren Petro, WHB Kansas City 10 12 12
Robert Gagliardi, Laramie Boomerang 11 11 13
Steve Batterson, Quad City Times 11 13 13
Aaron McMann, Mlive Media Group 12 13 12
Blake Toppmeyer, Knoxville News Sentinel 12 16 15
David Briggs, Toledo Blade 12 14 13
Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal 12 12 13
Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman 12 17 18
Mike Barber, Richmond Times-Dispatch 12 13 13
Brent Axe, Syracuse Media Group 13 18 18
Dylan Sinn, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette 13 15 15
Grace Raynor, The Post and Courier 13 17 15
John Clay, Lexington Herald-Leader 13 13 14
Sam McKewon, Omaha World-Herald 13 14 15
Scott Hamilton, Winston-Salem Journal 13 16 16
Brian Howell, Daily Camera 14 13 14
Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune 14 15 14
Joey Kaufman, Southern Cal News Group 14 13 13
Matt McCoy, WTVN-AM Columbus 14 17 17
Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station Eagle 14 16 15
Steve Layman, WTVF-TV Nashville 14 15 15
Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 14 17 17
Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News 15 15 13
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Star-Advertiser 15 14 14
Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald 15 21 19
Neill Ostrout, Journal Inquirer 15 17 18
Ryan Aber, The Oklahoman 15 16 14
Scott Rabalais, The Advocate 15 14 13
Steve Virgen, Albuquerque Journal 15 15 15
Chris Murray, Reno Gazette-Journal 16 16 16
Dave Southorn, Idaho Statesman 16 17 15
Jerry DiPaola, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 16 13 11
Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle 16 17 17
Matt Baker, Tampa Bay Times 16 13 13
Michael Lev, Arizona Daily Star 16 19 17
Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun 16 18 15
Rece Davis, ESPN 16 16 15
Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland Plain Dealer 17* 17 18
Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal 17 18 20
Rachel Richlinski, WLBT/FOX 40 17 17 15
Rob Long, WJFK-FM Washington, D.C. 17 18 19
Tony Parks, KZNS Salt Lake City 17 18 21
Garland Gillen, WVUE-TV New Orleans 18 18 20
Garry Smits, Florida Times-Union 18 16 16
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News 18 19 19
Keith Sargeant, NJ.com 18 17 19
Matt Brown, The Athletic 18 18 16
Brett McMurphy, Stadium Network 19 20 22
Jason Galloway, Wisconsin State Journal 19 18 18
Adam Jude, Seattle Times 20 15 12
Jim Alexander, The Press Enterprise 20 21 16
Andy Greder, St. Paul Pioneer Press n/a n/a 14

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