Sidelined for two weeks, Badgers left off one AP top-25 ballot

Not playing had its privileges, until it didn’t.

The Wisconsin Badgers saw themselves steadily climbing up the Associated Press top-25 poll before they had even played a game. When the Big Ten announced its return to play, and then AP voters could start putting those teams on their ballots, Wisconsin entered at No. 19 and moved up to No. 14 before ever taking the field.

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After winning their opener against Illinois, the Badgers moved up to No. 9. But then COVID-19 hit the team and Wisconsin had to cancel its next two games.

The Badgers have slipped four spots – down to No. 13 – after two games of being idle.

Wide receiver Kendric Pryor said he tries not to pay attention to the rankings but Tuesday admitted “it definitely sucks a little bit kind of knowing that we were No. 9 and then just not being able to play just dropping.”

Most AP voters didn’t penalize Wisconsin too much – in fact, a handful moved the Badgers up or kept them at the same spot from the previous week.

If you’re wondering why UW slid down as much as it did, 10 voters moved the Badgers down 5+ in their rankings, including three who dropped Wisconsin 10+ spots. Let’s take a look at those three.

Kirk Bohl, Austin American-Statesman: Ranking: 19 down from 9. Some notable teams ahead of Wisconsin on his ballot: Texas A&M (0-0), 5; SMU (0-0), 11; Northwestern (3-0), 16; Oregon (1-0) 17.

Brooks Kubena, The Advocate: Ranking: 22 down from 11. Notable teams: Texas A&M, 6; Oregon, 12; Northwestern, 19; SMU, 20.

Ryan Aber, The Oklahoma: Ranking: Not ranked after having UW at 11 last week. Notable teams: Texas A&M, 6; Oregon, 17; SMU, 20; Army (6-1), 21; Tulsa (3-1), 23; Northwestern, 24; USC (1-0), 25.

Here’s all the votes from Week 10 with Weeks 8-9 included for comparison’s sake:

Voter Week 10 Week 9 Week 8
Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal 5 6 7
Nathan Baird, Cleveland.com 5 6 6
Andy Greder, St. Paul Pioneer Press 7 7 9
Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune 8 5 5
Colten Bartholomew, Wisconsin State Journal 8 8 7
Nate Mink, Syracuse Media Group 8 8 8
Parrish Alford, Daily Journal (Tupelo, Miss.) 8 7 8
Sam McKewon, Omaha World-Herald 8 9 10
Matt Baker, Tampa Bay Times 9 7 7
Conor O’Neill, Winston-Salem Journal 10 11 11
Davis Potter, Casper Star-Tribune 10 11 12
John Bednarowski, Marietta Daily Journal 10 10 8
Jonas Pope, Raleigh News and Observer 10 9 12
Josh Furlong, KSL.com 10 7 9
Lauren Brownlow, WRAL Baltimore 10 9 10
Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station Eagle 10 10 15
Ron Counts, Idaho Statesman 10 10 12
Ryan Pritt, Charleston Gazette-Mail 10 9 6*
Soren Petro, 810 WHB Kansas City 10 8 9
Steve Virgen, Albuquerque Journal 10 9 12
Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 10 11 12
Adam Zucker, CBS Sports Network 11 13 13
Audrey Dahlgren, WLNS-TV 11 9 10
Blair Kerkoff, Kansas City Star 11 13 13
John Clay, Lexington Herald-Leader 11 8 9
Madison Blevins, WBIR-TV 11 9 10
Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald 11 10 12
Pete Martini, Salem Statesman Journal 11 8 11
Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette 12 11 11
Brian Howell, Daily Camera 12 11 11
Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News 12 11 11
David Briggs, Toledo Blade 12 8 9
Dylan Sinn, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette 12 6 5
Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune 12 7 7
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Star-Advertiser 12 10 12
Garland Gillen, WVUE-TV New Orleans 12 9 10
Gentry Estes, The Tennessean 12 12 12
Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun 12 10 10
Trevor Hass, Boston.com 12 10 11
Jon Johnson, The Dothan Eagle 12 11 13
Adam Grosbard, Orange County Register 13 11 11
Brett McMurphy, Stadium Network 13 9 9
Chris Murray, Reno Gazette-Journal 13 11 12
Eric Boynton, Spartanburg Herald-Journal 13 11 15
James Kratch, The Star Ledger 13 8 9
Norm Wood, The Daily Press 13 11 14
Theo Lawson, Spokesman-Review 13 12 12
Aaron McMann, Mlive Media Group 14 13 13
Steve Batterson, Quad City Times 14 11 12
Matt Brown, The Athletic 15 10 7
Neill Ostrout, Journal Inquirer 15 15 15
Rob Long, WJFK-FM Washington, D.C. 15 10 12
Tom D’Angelo, Palm Beach Post 15 14 13
Jerry DiPaola, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 16 10 10
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News 16 13 13
David Jablonski, Cox Media Group 17 14 11
Rece Davis, ESPN 18 12 12
Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman 19 9 12
Michael Lev, Arizona Daily Star 20 19 11
Tom Green, Alabama Media Group 20 19 20
Brooks Kubena, The Advocate 22 11 11
Ryan Aber, The Oklahoman NR 11 13

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