Badgers drop 6 spots in Top 25 after season-opening loss to Penn State

Graham Mertz Fumble Penn State
Graham Mertz fumbles a handoff against Penn State on September 4, 2021. Penn State beat Wisconsin 16-10. (WISC-TV/Channel3000)

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Badgers’ frustrating season-opening loss to Penn State is resulting in a slide down the polls.

The newest Associated Press Top 25 poll now has the Badgers ranked 18th, falling 6 spots from their season-opening #12 ranking. Penn State jumped from 19th to 11th with the 16-10 win at Camp Randall Stadium this past Saturday.

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Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Ohio State improved one spot to #3 in the country after their season-opening win at Minnesota. Iowa, like Penn State, jumped up 8 spots to come in at #10 in the country following their big win over Indiana.

The Top 5 is dominated by the SEC after the first week of the college football season, with Alabama hanging on to the #1 spot and Georgia climbing up to #2. Texas A&M also comes in at #5.

From the AP: The full Top 25

Wisconsin will hope to get in the win column this Saturday against Eastern Michigan ahead of a big matchup against 8th-ranked Notre Dame, who beat Florida State in their first game of the year thanks to former Badgers quarterback Jack Coan.

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News 3 Now sports director Zach Hanley and Wisconsin State Journal columnist Jim Polzin will have a full breakdown of what went wrong in the Badgers’ loss to Penn State in this week’s Badger Blueprint, airing during News 3 Now at Ten on Wednesday night.