September 22, 2019 / 6:51 PM / a month ago

Wisconsin surges into top 10 of AP poll

Wisconsin jumped into the top 10 of the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Sunday after its big victory over Michigan.

Sep 21, 2019; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Jack Coan (17) scores a touchdown during the 1st half of the Wisconsin Badgers vs. the Michigan Wolverines football game at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY Sports

The Badgers, who roughed up then-No. 11 Michigan 35-14 at home on Saturday, moved up five spots while the Wolverines dropped to 20th.

The top four spots remain unchanged — Clemson is No. 1, followed by Alabama, Georgia and LSU. Clemson received 55 first-place votes — two fewer than last week — while the Crimson Tide had six and Georgia picked up one after its 23-17 home win over then-No. 7 Notre Dame.

Alabama has been ranked in the top 5 for 59 consecutive weeks and this week marks its 200th consecutive appearance in the poll, the fourth-longest in history.

California made the biggest jump within the poll, moving from 23rd to 15th after a 28-20 victory at Ole Miss. This the Bears’ highest rating in a decade; they were No. 6 on Sept. 27, 2009.

Ohio State, which has outscored four opponents 214-36, inched up a spot to No. 5, switching spots with Oklahoma. Auburn is No. 7, followed by Wisconsin, Florida and Notre Dame.

UCF, which had its 27-game regular-season winning streak snapped at Pitt, dropped from No. 15 to No. 22. Boise State, at No. 16, is the highest-rated team from the Group of 5 conferences.

Washington State, Arizona State and TCU dropped out after losses.

USC rejoined the Top 25 at No. 21 after beating Pac-12 South foe Utah, which fell from 10th to 19th. Kansas State is new to the poll at No. 24, while Michigan State is back in at No. 25 after it bounced back from a loss to Arizona State with a win over Northwestern.

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