The Wisconsin Badgers are off to a hot start this season. They are undefeated in Big Ten play and have some quality non-conference wins. One aspect of their season that has been underrated is how good they are on the road. They are able to go into hostile environments and keep their poise. Last week, the Badgers made their debut in the AP Top 25 rankings. This week, the Wisconsin Badgers continue to climb the Top 25 rankings.
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Wisconsin Badgers Receive Bump In Top 25 Rankings
Last week, the Badgers debuted at no. 22. This week they climbed five spots and now sit at no. 17. Through the first month and a half of the season, the Badgers have done nothing but shoot up the rankings. Though they sit at 9-2, their two losses were close, and by teams that are still ranked ahead of them. Wisconsin has got it done with defense and a well-balanced scoring attack. Players are starting to gain confidence and play well together. If they keep this level of defense up, they should continue to climb the rankings.
One Of Four Big Ten Teams In the Rankings
Wisconsin is one of four Big Ten teams in the rankings. Purdue holds the top spot in the country and will be the team to beat in the Big Ten. Wisconsin is sandwiched between two other Big Ten teams in the rankings. Illinois is at no. 16 though they have had their struggles this year. Right below them at no. 18 sits the Indiana Hoosiers. Ohio State, Iowa, and Michigan State all received votes but did not crack the top 25.
You could not ask for a better start if you are a Badgers fan. Based on these rankings, they are the third best team in the Big Ten and look to compete for the championship once March rolls around. Wisconsin only has one game this week which is at home against Grambling State.