Oct 12, 2013; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back James White (20) rushes with the football during the fourth quarter against the Northwestern Wildcats at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin won 35-6. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Two Big Ten teams dropped from AP Top 25; Two still remain


Oct 12, 2013; Madison, WI, USA; Northwestern Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald (left) greets Wisconsin Badgers head coach Gary Andersen following the game at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin won 35-6. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

After a poor weekend for ranked Big Ten teams, only two teams from the conference survived the weekend to remain on the AP Top 25.

Ohio State had a bye this past weekend but maintained their No. 4 spot from a week ago. Wisconsin cracked the list at No. 25 for the first time since Week 5, after they stomped previously No. 19 Northwestern, 35-6. The Wildcats were subsequently dropped from the rankings.

Michigan was also dropped this week after losing to unranked Penn State, 43-40. The Wolverines, while not listed in the Top 25, received the most votes from a non-ranked team. Nebraska and Michigan State are right behind Michigan in vote totals.

The Big Ten entered the season with five teams in the AP Top 25 preseason poll, with Nebraska as the fifth team.

To no one’s surprise, the Gophers did not receive a vote. Minnesota had a bye week but will face Northwestern in Evanston on Saturday.

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