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Badgers Drop Out Of Top 25 Rankings
By Jackson | Posted Friday, September 14
With the upset at the hands of Oregon State, the Badgers have been dropped from the Associated Press top twenty-five rankings for the first time in more than two years. Not since December 2009 have the Badgers been absent from the list, racking up thirty-five consecutive playing weeks in the poll since then. However, the three point defeat at the hands of the unranked Beavers proved to be enough to drop the team nearly twenty spots, from thirteenth to thirty-second. The Badgers second-longest run in the poll came to an end with the loss last Saturday, missing the all-time record (set between 1998 and 2000) by just two weeks. On that note, the Badgers put some ugly numbers in the record books. We saw the lowest offensive output by Wisconsin in the past five years, at just 207 yards.
Despite the upset, the Badgers can take solace in the fact that they were not the only powerhouse to be dropped from the rankings, as teams such as Arkansas and Oklahoma State also suffered from unexpected defeats. Nebraska (a fellow Big-Ten member,) is included in that bunch, losing a heart-breaker to UCLA. With the plethora of upsets, the poll has now been shaken-up considerably, as UCLA, Tennessee, Arizona, and Brigham Young all broke into the top twenty-five from unranked positions. Wisconsin will try their best to make something of this season, but we’re not so sure what to expect from the team.