Are the Badgers a top-5 team? Two AP voters think so

The Wisconsin Badgers remained at No. 9 in this week’s Associated Press top-25 poll.

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But wait. The Badgers gained 53 votes from the original preseason poll. Nineteen of the voters have Wisconsin ranked higher than No. 9, including Kirk Bohls and Jon Wilner who both have the Badgers at No. 3.

Yes, they think Wisconsin is the third-best team in the country (both have Alabama at No. 1 and a Big Ten team at No. 2 — Wilner has Ohio State and Bohls Penn State).

No one else has the Badgers in the top five, but three voters do have UW at No. 6 and four at No. 7.

All isn’t that rosy, of course, as usual.

There will always be some correction in these early weeks. Sam McKewon dropped the Badgers from 3 to 8, David Briggs from 9 to 11, David Southern from 11 to 13 and Chuck Carlton from 11 to 19. Four voters think Wisconsin is no better than No. 15, including two voters who had the Badgers ranked higher than that in the last poll (Matt Brown 14 and Michael Lev 15).

But it is still early and Utah State wasn’t exactly the most impressive opening opponent. Wisconsin did struggle in the first quarter against the Aggies, although the 59 points scored by the Badgers was tied for third-most vs. any FBS team last week.

With Florida Atlantic on the horizon this week followed by a BYU team that didn’t exactly impress against FCS Portland State and couldn’t cross midfield — at all — in getting shut out by LSU, it might be a while before Wisconsin can impress voters.

Here’s how this week’s ballots looked compared to the preseason ballots:

Voter Week 2 Preseason
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News 3 5
Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman 3 6
Brent Axe, Syracuse Media Group 6 6
Ross Dellenger, The Advocate, Baton Rouge 6 7
Tony Parks, KZNS Salt Lake City 6 11
Dave Rearson, Honolulu Star-Advertiser 7 9
Garland Gillen, WVUE-TV New Orleans 7 10
Rob Long, WJFK-FM Washington, D.C. 7 8
Terry Hutchens, CNHI Sports Indiana 7 10
Aaron Suttles, Tuscaloosa News 8 9
Adam Jude, Seattle Times 8 9
John Clay, Lexington Herald-Leader 8 9
Lauren Brownlow, WRAL Baltimore 8 9
Lauren Shute, SEC Country 8 10
Mitch Vingle, Charleston Gazette-Mail 8 10
Parrish Alford, Tupelo Daily Journal 8 9
Ryan Aber, The Oklahoman 8 10
Safid Deen, Orlando Sentinel 8 9
Sam McKewon, Omaha World-Herald 8 3
Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette 9 10
Chris Murray, Reno Gazette-Journal 9 9
Dave Foster, WZTV Nashville 9 13
Ed Daigneault, Republican-American 9 10
Grace Raynor, The Post and Courier 9 12
Jason Galloway, Wisconsin State Journal 9 9
John Adams, Knoxville News Sentinel 9 11
Rick Wright, Albuquerque Journal 9 13
Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News 9 10
Soren Petro, WHB Kansas City 9 9
Steve Batterson, Quad City Times 9 10
Andy Greder, St. Paul Pioneer Press 10 11
Bill Landis, Cleveland Plain Dealer 10 12
Keith Sargeant, NJ.com 10 9
Matt Charboneau, The Detroit News 10 10
Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station Eagle 10 10
Robert Gagliardi, Laramie Boomerang 10 11
Scott Hamilton, Winston-Salem Journal 10 11
Andy Bitter, Roanoke Times 11 11
Bret Bloomquist, El Paso Times 11 13
David Briggs, Toledo Blade 11 9
Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune 11 11
Jeff Miller, Orange County Register 11 12
Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald 11 11
Matt McCoy, WTVN-AM Columbus 11 15
Brian Howell, Daily Camera 12 11
Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal 12 11
Jerry DiPaola, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 12 16
Jonny Miller, WBZ Boston 12 12
Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle 12 13
Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 12 13
Dave Southern, Idaho Statesman 13 11
Jason Butt, Macon Telegraph 13 13
Matt Baker, Tampa Bay Times 13 11
Rece Davis, ESPN 13 12
Sammy Batten, Fayettesville Observer 13 13
Adam Zucker, CBS Sports Network 14 19
Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News 14 11
Matt Brown, Sports On Earth 15 14
Michael Lev, Arizona Daily Star 15 13
Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun 16 18
Pat Caputo, Oakland Press 17 18