MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin battled through a tough Big Ten opener and moved up one spot in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, which was released Sunday. The Badgers came in at No. 9 in the poll.
Wisconsin required a second-half comeback to defeat Northwestern 33-24 and begin conference play on a high note. The Badgers trailed 10-7 at halftime but scored three unanswered touchdowns to establish control. Wisconsin recorded 8 sacks in a game for the first time since 2001 against Penn State and wreaked havoc throughout on defense.
Wisconsin must regroup in time for a difficult night game on the road against Nebraska, which struggled early this season but defeated Illinois 28-6 this week.
Previous rankings (AP/Amway Coaches Poll): 10/10
New rankings (AP/Amway Coaches Poll): 9/8
What it means: Wisconsin is 4-0 and right where many people thought the Badgers would be at this stage. They will likely be favored in every regular season game. But the Badgers still haven’t developed enough offensive consistency. They turned the ball over three times in the first half against Northwestern and must play better as the heart of the Big Ten season approaches.
What’s next: Wisconsin (4-0) plays against Nebraska (3-2) at 7 p.m. CT Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.
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