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Badgers Claw Their Way Into Top 5

With their season-opening 42-21 win over Washington State, the Wisconsin Badgers Football Team improved to 1-0, and this week, they improve two spots in the USA Today and Associated Press Top 25 polls...

The Badgers are tied for fifth with Oklahoma in the AP Poll with 1,275 points. In the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Badgers received 1,183 points and sole possession of the fifth ranking.

The top three teams remained unchanged in both polls, with USC, LSU, and Florida picking up weekend wins. West Virginia is ranked fourth. Big Ten opponents Ohio State and Penn State were the only others in the Top 25. Michigan dropped from the top-25 after their loss to Division 1-AA Appalachian State.

The ranking is the highest since Wisconsin was ranked fifth in the USA Today Coaches Poll at the end of last year from Dec. 3, 2006-Jan. 9, 2007.

The last time the Badgers were ranked fifth or better in the AP Poll was 2004, when the team was in the top-5 for two weeks from Oct. 31-Nov. 13.

AP Poll Results:
1. USC (59) 1-0 1,619
2. LSU (5) 1-0 1,542
3. West Virginia (1) 1-0 1,449
4. Florida 1-0 1,346
5. Oklahoma 1-0 1,275
5. Wisconsin 1-0 1,275
7. Texas 1-0 1,221
8. Louisville 1-0 1,152
9. Virginia Tech 1-0 1,085
10. California 1-0 1,080
11. Georgia 1-0 959
12. Ohio State 1-0 940
13. UCLA 1-0 736
14. Penn State 1-0 662
15. Rutgers 1-0 659
16. Nebraska 1-0 541
17. Auburn 1-0 519
18. Arkansas 1-0 450
19. TCU 1-0 384
20. Hawaii 1-0 335
21. Georgia Tech 1-0 278
22. Boise State 1-0 267
23. Texas A&M 1-0 217
24. Tennessee 0-1 210
25. Clemson 1-0 195
Others Receiving Votes
Boston College 126, Missouri 116, Miami (FL) 91, Oregon 90, Alabama 74, Oregon State 41, South Carolina 39, Michigan 39, Brigham Young 27, South Florida 27, Florida State 22, Arizona State 19, Southern Miss 9, Wake Forest 7, Washington 1, Kansas 1.

Dropped From Rankings
Michigan 5, Florida State 19.

USA Today Coaches Poll Results:
1. USC (49) 1-0 1,486
2. LSU (4) 1-0 1,417
3. Florida (7) 1-0 1,341
4. West Virginia 1-0 1,275
5. Wisconsin 1-0 1,183
6. Oklahoma 1-0 1,146
7. Texas 1-0 1,136
8. Louisville 1-0 995
9. Virginia Tech 1-0 988
10. California 1-0 985
11. Ohio State 1-0 977
12. Georgia 1-0 796
13. Auburn 1-0 644
14. UCLA 1-0 607
15. Penn State 1-0 585
16. Rutgers 1-0 576
17. Nebraska 1-0 512
18. Arkansas 1-0 455
19. TCU 1-0 351
20. Boise State 1-0 315
21. Georgia Tech 1-0 311
22. Hawaii 1-0 269
23. Texas A&M 1-0 214
24. Tennessee 0-1 162
25. Boston College 1-0 153
Others Receiving Votes
Clemson 145, Michigan 132, Miami (FL) 61, Brigham Young 49, Oregon 41, South Carolina 34, Missouri 29, TEXASTECH 25, Oregon State 24, Alabama 21, South Florida 20, Southern Miss 16, Florida State 14, Kentucky 4, Arizona State 3, Iowa 1, Wake Forest 1, Washington 1.
Dropped From Rankings
Michigan 5, Florida State 21.


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