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Badgers move up, earn spot in top 10 of AP Top 25 poll
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Badgers move up, earn spot in top 10 of AP Top 25 poll

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Graham Mertz passes against Illinois, AP generic file photo

University of Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz throws a pass during the first half of the Badgers' 45-7 win over Illinois on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Madison.

A dominant win and a breakout performance from its new quarterback garnered some more attention for the University of Wisconsin football team.

After throttling Illinois 45-7 on Friday night at Camp Randall Stadium, the Badgers moved up five spots to No. 9 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

Redshirt freshman Graham Mertz was one of the headlines of the college football weekend, as he tied UW records for passing touchdowns in a game (five) and consecutive completions (17). He also set a program record for completion percentage (95.23 percent).

The Badgers head to Nebraska this week, looking to tally their eighth consecutive win over the Cornhuskers.

UW was one of five Big Ten Conference teams ranked in the poll, with the others being No. 3 Ohio State, No. 13 Michigan, No. 17 Indiana and No. 18 Penn State

Here’s a look at the poll, with teams’ first-place votes in parenthesis:

1. Clemson 6-0 (52)

2. Alabama 5-0 (10)

3. Ohio State 1-0

4. Notre Dame 5-0

5. Georgia 3-1

6. Oklahoma State 4-0

7. Cincinnati 3-0

8. Texas A&M 3-1

9. Wisconsin 1-0

10. Florida 2-1

11. BYU 5-0

12. Miami 4-1

13. Michigan 1-0

14. Oregon 0-0

15. North Carolina 4-1

16. Kansas State 4-1

17. Indiana 1-0

18. Penn State 0-1

19. Marshall 5-0

20. Coastal Carolina 5-0

21. USC 0-0

22. SMU 5-1

23. Iowa State 3-2

24. Oklahoma 3-2

25. Boise State 1-0

Others receiving votes: Memphis 105, Liberty 85, Tulsa 80, Louisiana-Lafayette 50, Army 44, Auburn 41, Minnesota 40, Utah 36, Northwestern 20, Washington 15, Arkansas 15, Purdue 8, Arizona State 7, Appalachian State 6, California 4, Boston College 2, Texas 2, San Diego State 1.


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