The Badgers were sizable underdogs to the No. 3-ranked Buckeye team. So despite the loss, the team did not fall in ESPN’s SP+. Wisconsin remains ranked No. 27 in the metric, with the No. 63 offense and No. 12 defense.
As has been the case all season, the Badgers are still SP+’s top-ranked team in the West division. Unfortunately, the division is not solely decided based on Bill Connelly’s numbers.
Wisconsin (No. 27)
Iowa (No. 36)
Minnesota (No. 49)
Nebraska (No. 51)
Illinois (No. 62)
Purdue (No. 82)
Northwestern (No. 92)
SP+ RANKINGS AFTER 9 WEEKS
* Oregon, Ohio State, UGA, FSU (finally): ⬆️⬆️⬆️
* Pitt (finally), Houston, Syracuse, Vandy: ⬇️⬇️⬇️
* SEC: Still No. 1 (at not having super-bad teams)
* Your Resume SP+ top 5: Michigan, Ohio St, FSU, UGA, Washingtonhttps://t.co/psRmsiOHBK
— Bill Connelly (@ESPN_BillC) October 29, 2023
Good news for the Badgers: four Big Ten games remain against Indiana (No. 95), Northwestern (No. 92), Nebraska (No. 51) and Minnesota (No. 49). It’s a winnable final stretch.