A lot of movement for Badgers in AP top 25 despite not playing

Wisconsin might have had a bye week, but that doesn’t mean the Badgers’ place in the Associated Press top-25 poll remained the same.

The Badgers dropped one spot in the poll, losing 20 votes in the process (it should be noted that one voter did not cast a ballot this week).

Of the 61 voters, 22 left Wisconsin in the same spot on their Week 6 ballot as they had UW on their Week 5 ballot. Of the remaining 39 voters, 20 moved Wisconsin down on their ballot while 19 moved the Badgers up.

And we reiterate: Wisconsin did not play this weekend. Of the top-25 teams which lost, the majority were ranked lower than the Badgers (No. 20 BYU, No. 22 Duke, No. 23 Mississippi State, No. 24 California and No. 25 Texas Tech) and the others lost to a highly ranked team (No. 7 Stanford to No. 8 Notre Dame and No. 9 Penn State to No. 4 Ohio State).

Most voters didn’t slide or jump Wisconsin too much — one or two spots, mainly — although there was, as usual, an exception.

Jim Alexander moved the Badgers down five slots (from 16 to 21) on his ballot. Here’s the top-21 teams on Alexander’s ballot: Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, LSU, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Auburn, Miami, Michigan, Penn State, Washington, Oregon, Kentucky, Colorado, Central Florida, Florida, Texas, North Carolina State, Wisconsin.

Here’s the complete rankings from this week with a comparison to the voting from Weeks 4 & 5:

Voter Week 6 Week 5 Week 4
Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette 11 13 15
Conor O’Neill, Winston-Salem Journal 11 11 11
Johnny Miller, WBZ Radio 11 13 15
Robert Gagliardi, Laramie Boomerang 11 13 13
Sean Manning, The Dominion Post 11 13 14
Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press 12 12 16
Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal 12 13 16
John Bednarowski, Marietta Daily Journal 12 13 17
Lauren Brownlow, WRAL Baltimore 12 13 14
Soren Petro, WHB Kansas City 12 12 13
Aaron McMann, Mlive Media Group 13 12 14
Ben Jones, Tuscaloosa News 13 12 12
Brian Howell, Daily Camera 13 14 15
Jerry DiPaola, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 13 11 11
Joey Kaufman, Southern Cal News Group 13 13 13
John Clay, Lexington Herald-Leader 13 14 15
Matt Baker, Tampa Bay Times 13 13 15
Mike Barber, Richmond Times-Dispatch 13 13 16
Steve Batterson, Quad City Times 13 13 17
Brandon Marcello, 247 Sports 14 14 18
David Briggs, Toledo Blade 14 13 18
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Star-Advertiser 14 14 17
Sam McKewon, Omaha World-Herald 14 15 22
Scott Rabalais, The Advocate 14 13 17
Adam Jude, Seattle Times 15 12 12
Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News 15 13 18
Dylan Sinn, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette 15 15 20
Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune 15 14 14
Steve Layman, WTVF-TV Nashville 15 15 18
Steve Virgen, Albuquerque Journal 15 15 15
Blake Toppmeyer, Knoxville News Sentinel 16 15 16
Chris Murray, Reno Gazette-Journal 16 16 21
Garry Smits, Florida Times-Union 16 16 22
Rece Davis, ESPN 16 15 19
Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station Eagle 16 15 21
Ryan Aber, The Oklahoman 16 14 18
Scott Hamilton, Winston-Salem Journal 16 16 20
Bill Landis, Cleveland Plain Dealer 17 18 23
Dave Southorn, Idaho Statesman 17 15 20
Grace Raynor, The Post and Courier 17 15 19
Keith Sargeant, NJ.com 17 19 22
Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle 17 17 22
Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman 17 18 23
Matt McCoy, WTVN-AM Columbus 17 17 23
Neill Ostrout, Journal Inquirer 17 18 19
Rachel Richlinski, WLBT/FOX 40 17 15 21
Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 17 17 17
Brent Axe, Syracuse Media Group 18 18 22
Garland Gillen, WVUE-TV New Orleans 18 20 20
Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal 18 20 23
Jason Galloway, Wisconsin State Journal 18 18 22
Matt Brown, The Athletic 18 16 25
Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun 18 15 14
Rob Long, WJFK-FM Washington, D.C. 18 19 17
Tony Parks, KZNS Salt Lake City 18 21 25
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News 19 19 20
Michael Lev, Arizona Daily Star 19 17 20
Brett McMurphy, Stadium Network 20 22 NR
Jim Alexander, The Press Enterprise 21 16 21
Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald 21 19 22
Andy Greder, St. Paul Pioneer Press n/a 14 16

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