The latest AP Poll for Week 2 reveals that the Wisconsin Badgers remain firmly at No. 19, even after securing a victory over Buffalo. Given the performance of some teams ranked ahead, many anticipated the Badgers might ascend in the rankings. However, the cards didn’t fall that way.
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Other Teams Around the Wisconsin Badgers
The Badgers garnered 407 points in the poll, which is a modest improvement from their preseason opening number at 386. Given their performance against the Buffalos and how the teams ahead performed, there was hope the Badgers would climb the rankings, but the points gained weren’t enough.
Both North Carolina and Oklahoma jumped over the Badgers, turning up at number 17 and 18 respectively. Behind the Badgers sits the Ole Miss Rebels with 379 points, followed by the Duke Blue Devils with their 343 points that was in large part due to their win over Clemson.
Elsewhere in the poll, notable shifts occurred. Both North Carolina and Oklahoma leapfrogged Wisconsin, moving from 21st and 20th positions last week to 17th and 18th, respectively.
For the Wisconsin Badgers, it’s a long shot for them to climb the rankings, with Oklahoma being the next on the list with 426 points. However, a great performance this week and they might close in on North Carolina who sits at 551 points.
The Full Voting for the Wisconsin Badgers
– 12th: 1 vote
– 15th-17th: 20 votes
– 18th-23rd: 28 votes
– 24th: 4 votes
– 25th: 1 vote
– Not Ranked (NR): 2
Their highest vote was 12th, but for the Badgers, most of their votes fell within the 19th-24th rankings, which is sound logic given the performance against Buffalo and how other teams around them performed. There were two that did not rank the Badgers, which seems more of a slight than any of the others, especially since the Badgers’ week 1 performance should have put them firmly within the top 25.