How they voted: Badgers in 2016 AP football poll (Week 11)
I’ve been tracking the ballots of Associated Press top-25 voters for many, many years, and I can’t recall a time when I’ve seen such a near-unanimity when it comes to the Wisconsin Badgers.
After beating Northwestern last Saturday, the Badgers came in at No. 7 in the latest AP top-25 poll. And for good reason. All but seven voters had Wisconsin at No. 7 on their ballot.
Of the seven who did not have UW at No. 7, four had the Badgers ranked higher:
– Josh Kendall kept Wisconsin at No. 5 — this is the highest vote for the Badgers — and has Louisville 6, Penn State 7 and Ohio State 8. Needless to say, it’s an interesting ballot.
– Jon Wilner has UW at No. 6, with Auburn at 7 and Louisville 8.
– Both Pete DiPrimo and Sam McKewon have Wisconsin 6th and Louisville 7th.
Then there are the three people who have Wisconsin lower than No. 7:
– Both Graham Watson and Joe Dubin have Wisconsin at No. 8, the same spot as last week, and both have Auburn No. 7.
– Then there’s Mike Barber, who moved the Badgers down one spot to No. 10. He has Auburn 7, West Virginia 8 and Penn State 9.
Here’s all the ballots from Week 11 with a comparison to the previous three votes:
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