Badgers still looking for respect

21 November 2017 23:57:22 GMTPlus11

The Wisconsin Badgers remained ranked fifth in the nation by the Associated Press over the weekend after defeating the Michigan Wolverines 24-10.

Undefeated and with an 11-0 record the Badgers trail the Alabama Crimson Tide, Miami Hurricanes, Oklahoma Sooners and Clemson Tigers in the standings.

The latter two each have one loss, to Iowa State and Syracuse respectively, but have played a significantly tougher schedule.

Utah State, FAU and BYU does not an impressive non-conference schedule make, and Wisconsin is paying the price for that and the lack of quality sides in the West Division of the Big Ten.

This week the Badgers travel to the TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Regardless of the result Wisconsin then continues on to face the Buckeyes of Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Win out and the presumption is that the Badgers will make the College Football Playoff, not least because Clemson and Miami will face each other in the ACC Championship game.

One potential issue might be if Alabama lost to Auburn this week or Georgia the following week in the SEC Championship game.

Even a one-loss Crimson Tide side would be expected to make the College Football Playoff, but two SEC teams invited could push Wisconsin to the sideline.

At this point however all the Badgers can do is take care of their own business starting in Minneapolis.

Blanked by Northwestern 39-0 at Ryan Field in Evanston on Saturday the Golden Gophers have lost every time they have stepped up to face even marginally decent opposition this season.

Badgers are 13.00 to win the NCAAF title.

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