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Wisconsin falls to No. 13 in the AP Poll ahead of match-up against OSU.

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Another week, another butt-kicking by the Ohio State Buckeyes as they move to 7-0 on the regular season, with a 3-0 mark in the Big Ten thus far. As soon as OSU finished their 52-3 defeat of the Northwestern Wildcats (and honestly probably before) attention turned to a potential top-10 match-up against the Wisconsin Badgers.

Unfortunately, Lovie Claus’ Smith’s magical beard allowed his Illinois Fighting Illini to pull the upset of the then-No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers 24-23. So, the Buckeyes will now be hosting the AP Poll’s No. 13 Badgers at 12 noon ET in Ohio Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Ohio State moves back up a spot to No. 3 in the AP Poll this week, jumping the Clemson Tigers who are down to fourth. They sit behind only the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide and No. 2 LSU Tigers. Oklahoma rounds out the top five.

In addition to the Buckeyes and Badgers, other Big Ten teams in this week’s rankings include No. 6 Penn State, No. 17 Minnesota, No. 19 Michigan, and No. 20 Iowa. OSU’s Week 2 opponent, the Cincinnati Bearcats are currently ranked No. 18, and have a good chance to be the Group of Five representative in this season’s New Year’s Six Bowls.

Check out the full AP Poll:

AP Poll | Oct. 20

Rank Team Rcord Previous Week Points
Rank Team Rcord Previous Week Points
1 Alabama 7-0 1 1,486
2 Louisiana State 7-0 2 1,462
3 Ohio State 7-0 4 1,249
4 Clemson 7-0 3 1,408
5 Oklahoma 7-0 5 1,343
6 Penn State 7-0 7 1,224
7 Florida 7-1 9 1,138
8 Notre Dame 5-1 8 1,058
9 Auburn 6-1 11 1,054
10 Georgia 6-1 10 1,031
11 Oregon 6-1 12 979
12 Utah 6-1 13 852
13 Wisconsin 6-1 6 767
14 Baylor 7-0 18 732
15 Texas 5-2 15 627
16 Southern Methodist 7-0 19 587
17 Minnesota 7-0 20 577
18 Cincinnati 6-1 21 468
19 Michigan 5-2 16 440
20 Iowa 5-2 23 347
21 Appalachian State 6-0 24 286
22 Boise State 6-1 14 225
23 Iowa State 5-2 N/A 185
24 Arizona State 5-2 17 134
25 Wake Forest 6-1 N/A 118

Unlike in the AP Poll, the Buckeyes stayed at fourth in the Coaches Poll, despite having the third most first-place votes (only two behind Clemson for second). Alabama, Clemson, and LSU are ahead of OSU, with Oklahoma rounding out the top five.

Penn State climbs to sixth, while Wisconsin fell from sixth to 13th. The other B1G squads in the rankings are Minnesota at No. 16, Iowa at No. 19, and Michigan at No. 20. Cincinnati moved up three spots in this poll to No. 18. Indiana received a single vote.

Check out the full USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll:

Coaches Poll | Oct. 20

Rank Team Rcord Points First Place votes Previous Week
Rank Team Rcord Points First Place votes Previous Week
1 Alabama 7-0 1602 44 1
2 Clemson 7-0 1511 10 2
3 Louisiana State 7-0 1486 3 3
4 Ohio State 7-0 1461 8 4
5 Oklahoma 7-0 1408 0 5
6 Penn State 7-0 1283 0 7
7 Notre Dame 5-1 1160 0 8
8 Florida 7-1 1151 0 9
9 Georgia 6-1 1099 0 10
10 Auburn 6-1 1071 0 11
11 Oregon 6-1 1011 0 12
12 Utah 6-1 858 0 14
13 Wisconsin 6-1 824 0 6
14 Baylor 7-0 730 0 18
15 Texas 5-2 722 0 15
16 Minnesota 7-0 631 0 20
17 Southern Methodist 7-0 609 0 19
18 Cincinnati 6-1 461 0 21
19 Iowa 5-2 373 0 22
20 Michigan 5-2 369 0 16
21 Boise State 6-1 308 0 13
22 Appalachian State 6-0 300 0 24
23 Wake Forest 6-1 181 0 NR
24 Arizona State 5-2 131 0 17
25 Memphis 6-1 101 0 NR

For the second week in a row, the Buckeyes are atop this week’s SP+ rankings. The Badgers fell from fourth to seventh, still one spot ahead of Penn State. Additionally, the Buckeyes now have the second best odds to go undefeated according to the analytics system.

Obviously Clemson, in the dismal ACC, are the most likely candidate to finish the regular season unbeaten. Penn State — whom Ohio State will play on Nov. 23 — has a nine percent chance to win out.

SP+ also gives OSU an 83 percent chance to finish the regular season at either 11-1 or 12-0, third best nationally.