Badgers, Buckeyes don’t stay out of top 25 long

Badgers, Buckeyes don’t stay out of top 25 long
February 10, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

A week after getting bumped out of the top 25 rankings, Wisconsin and Ohio State are back.

Both teams have gone 2-0 since, and each grabbed an impressive victory along the way. The Badgers toppled top-10 Michigan State on Sunday, while the Buckeyes beat Iowa on the road earlier in the week.

Thanks to those marquee wins, the Badgers climbed to No. 21, while the Buckeyes rose to No. 22 in the country.

The return of teams to the top 25 wasn’t terribly hard to predict, as even after falling out, they were the first two teams in the “receiving votes” category. But they did bounce back in a big way, thanks to their respective upset wins.

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Wisconsin and Ohio State re-entering the poll again places five Big Ten teams in the top 25. Michigan State, despite its loss to Wisconsin, remained at the No. 9 spot. Meanwhile, Michigan fell from No. 10 to No. 15, while Iowa jumped up a spot from No. 17 to No. 16.

The Spartans have lost two of three, but they seem to be receiving the benefit of the doubt from the pollsters as they battle one serious injury after another. Plus, with the Wolverines falling to the Hawkeyes on Saturday, the Spartans are again tied for the top spot in the Big Ten.