State Football Roundup: Wisconsin no longer ranked after falling to Michigan St.Wisconsin Sports
-- The Wisconsin football team fell out of the national rankings after their Homecoming loss to Michigan State.
MADISON The University of Wisconsin football team fell out of the national rankings after their Homecoming loss to Michigan State.
The Badgers were 25th in both the BCS Standings and the USA Today coaches’ poll last week. The three-point overtime loss dropped the Badgers to 6-3 overall, and 3-2 in the Big Ten Conference. Wisconsin is on a bye week, and will play at Indiana on November 10th. The Badgers lead the Hoosiers by two games for the Leaders Division spot in the Big Ten title game. Wisconsin trails both No. 6 Ohio State and Penn State in the standings, but both those schools are ineligible for the post-season.
UW-Whitewater dropped out of the Top-25 in the D3football.com poll, after losing its second straight game on Saturday. The three-time defending champion Warhawks fell at Stevens Point, 17-14. Whitewater has back-to-back losses for the first time in 11 years, and they're now six spots out of the Top-25. The 'Hawks are at risk of being the first defending champ to miss the Division III playoffs since Saint John's of Minnesota in 2004. Meanwhile, UW-Oshkosh remains at No. 6 in the new D3 poll. The 8-0 Titans kept rolling with a 41-7 pounding of La Crosse. Platteville rose three places to 15th. The Pioneers improved to 6-2 with a 24-17 win over Eau Claire on Saturday. Mount Union still leads the poll at 8-0.
Five of last year's seven state high school football champions are still alive after two weeks of the playoffs. Division 7 titlist Greenwood-Granton lost 26-14 on Friday night to Hilbert, the top seed in their bracket. Division 4 champion Wrightstown was eliminated in its post-season opener 10 days ago. Division 1 champ Kenosha Bradford stayed alive with a 21-14 win over top-seeded Oak Creek. Four other defending champions have also survived the first two rounds – Waunakee, West De Pere, Colby, and Fond du Lac Springs. Oak Creek was among just two Number-One seeds to be eliminated during Level-Two. Clayton was the other. Twenty-three of the 28 top seeds have advanced to the Level-Three games, which will be played this coming Friday night and Saturday.