Let’s start off with this: We’re not saying being a voter in the Associated Press top-25 poll is an easy task. It’s hard enough covering your own team while keeping track of a host of others around the country.
Certainly, voters can’t watch every game. In fact, they probably can see only a handful, depending on what time the team they cover plays.
That being said, whether you watched Wisconsin’s game against Penn State last Saturday or not, it’s hard to believe anyone was overly impressed with the Badgers’ showing. Sure, the opponent might have had something to do with that.
But move Wisconsin up on a ballot? We’re puzzled how anyone could come to that conclusion.
And yet … here we are. Two voters did that exact thing.
The more egregious was Ben Portnoy of The State who moved the Badgers up one spot … to No. 10! By the way, he has Penn State at No. 18.
Robbie Faulk of the Starkville Daily News also moved Wisconsin up one spot on his ballot, from 17 to 16 (at least he has Penn State at No. 11).
As usual, though, this is why we say it’s called a poll. Wisconsin overall came in at No. 18 with 376 points, eight behind Coastal Carolina and 17 ahead of Virginia Tech.
After having one person not rank Wisconsin in the preseason, eight did so after one game. Many dropped the Badgers 10+ spots on their ballot.
Here’s all the votes from Week 2 compared to the preseason poll:
|Ben Portnoy, The State (Columbia, SC)||11||10|
|Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News||8||13|
|Colten Bartholomew, Wisconsin State Journal||11||15|
|Josh Furlong, KSL.com||10||15|
|Tom D'Angelo, Palm Beach Post||13||15|
|Aaron McMann, Mlive.com||13||16|
|Darren Haynes, WUSA-TV (Washington, D.C.)||15||16|
|James Kratch, The Star Ledger||6||16|
|Robbie Faulk, Starkville Daily News||17||16|
|Sam McKewon, Omaha World-Herald||15||16|
|Steve Batterson, Quad City Times||12||16|
|Andy Greder, St. Paul Pioneer Press||12||17|
|Madison Blevins, WBIR-TV||15||17|
|Matt Murschel, Orlando Sentinel||12||17|
|Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station Eagle||8||17|
|Ryan Aber, The Oklahoman||13||17|
|Scott Richey, Champaign News-Gazette||17||17|
|Steve Virgen, Albuquerque Journal||16||17|
|Adam Grosbard, Orange County Register||13||18|
|Blair Kerkoff, Kansas City Star||14||18|
|David Briggs, Toledo Blade||15||18|
|Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune||13||18|
|Gentry Estes, The Tennessean||16||18|
|Matt Baker, Tampa Bay Times||12||18|
|Michael Lev, Arizona Daily Star||13||18|
|Ron Counts, Idaho Statesman||13||18|
|Brian Howell, Daily Camera||12||19|
|Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune||14||19|
|Ethan Joyce, Winston-Salem Journal||13||19|
|Glen Guilbeau, USA Today Louisiana||14||19|
|Matt Brown, The Athletic||15||19|
|Trevor Hass, Boston.com||14||19|
|Brett McMurphy, Action Network||12||20|
|Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal||12||20|
|Jordan Hill, Opelika-Auburn News||14||20|
|Lauren Brownlow, WRAL (Durham, NC)||19||20|
|Mike Votel, Seattle Times||15||20|
|Pete Martini, Salem Statesman Journal||16||20|
|Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald||14||21|
|Nathan Baird, Cleveland.com||16||21|
|Bennett Conlin, The Daily Progress||15||22|
|Dylan Sinn, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette||18||22|
|John Clay, Lexington Herald-Leader||14||22|
|Jon McGonigal, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette||16||22|
|Rece Davis, ESPN||18||22|
|Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette||14||22|
|Chris Murray, Reno Gazette-Journal||15||23|
|Adam Zucker, CBS Sports Network||8||24|
|Jack Ebling, WSYM (Lansing, MI)||18||24|
|Neill Ostrout, Journal Inquirer||14||24|
|Zach Klein, WSB (Atlanta)||15||24|
|Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle||15||25|
|Mike Barber, Richmond Times-Dispatch||13||25|
|Ryan Pritt, Charleston Gazette-Mail||16||25|
|Ryan Thorburn, Eugene Register-Guard||14||25|
|Cecil Hurt, Tuscaloosa News||16||NR|
|Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News||24||NR|
|Dave Reardon, Honolulu Star-Advertiser||17||NR|
|David Jablonski, Cox Media Group||9||NR|
|Garland Gillen, WVUE-TV New Orleans||14||NR|
|Jonas Pope, Raleigh News and Observer||13||NR|
|Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman||NR||NR|
|Nate Mink, Syracuse Media Group||20||NR|