It's hard to imagine an undefeated Power 5 conference champion being left out, but Wisconsin has beaten zero opponents with records above .500. Another champ with a tougher schedule could get the nod.
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Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma and star running backs Bryce Love of Stanford and Saquon Barkley of Penn State lead the Associated Press midseason All-America team, along with two defensive backs from No. 1 Alabama.
Our Heisman Watch panel has Penn State's Saquon Barkley as the leading contender for the Heisman Trophy, but Stanford's Bryce Love is gaining ground.
Take a look back on the best performances of Week 7 in the Big Ten and look ahead to Week 8.
The Big Ten has three teams ranked in the top six of the AP Top 25 and five included in the top 20. If that isn't enough, it has the best rivalry game, the best collection of coaches and the game's most electrifying player.
Barrett, Jacobs, Kuhbander named Big Ten Players of the Week
J.T. Barrett was named the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season after an impressive performance in Ohio State's win vs. Nebraska. Leon Jacobs takes home the second Defensive Player of the Week award for Wisconsin this month, while Charlie Kuhbander is the first Northwestern player to win Special Teams Player of the Week since Solomon Vault in October 2016.
The Badgers were dominant in yards and first downs against Purdue, but committed three turnovers. The red zone defense is superb, but Wisconsin needs to play cleaner.
Shades of a young Dayne
Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor rushed for 219 yards in Saturday's win, his FBS-best third 200-yard rushing game this season. Through six career games, Taylor has outperformed former Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne, who would go on to rush for more than 2,000 yards in his freshman season in 1996 (including bowl game).
Penn State has climbed to No. 2 in the Associated Press poll behind unanimous No. 1 Alabama after a wild weekend of upsets gave the Top 25 a major makeover.
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Though Clemson, Washington and Auburn all lost this weekend, FPI believes that all three are still some of the best teams in college football going forward.
Ohio State and Wisconsin played to their strengths in wins over Big Ten foes and in the process strengthened their postseason outlook.
And then there were eight
With Clemson, Washington, Washington State and Navy all going down Saturday, that leaves just eight teams in FBS that remain unbeaten.
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Given its loss to Arizona State last night and a relatively weak schedule, Washington tumbled to 21st in Strength of Record, which measures accomplishment. Clemson dropped to sixth after its loss to Syracuse, allowing Georgia to take over the No. 1 spot in these rankings.
Jonathan Taylor ran for 219 yards on 30 carries, including a 67-yard touchdown, and No. 7 Wisconsin relied on its stifling defense to overcome a three-turnover afternoon and beat Purdue 17-9 on Saturday.
Badgers have huge advantage at home
Wisconsin has not only won 11 straight against Purdue, but the last 10 games have been decided by double digits. The Boilermakers have lost 24 straight road games to AP top-10 teams, and their last win against the Badgers came in 2003.
Brandon Williams joins Tarek Saleh and Jim Rutledge to talk about the ceiling for Badgers freshman Jonathan Taylor and the limitations of sophomore Alex Hornibrook.
A turning point in its road victory over Nebraska exemplifies why No. 7 Wisconsin has succeeded in such a consistent fashion.
Michigan and Michigan State hit the road after their rivalry clash, and Wisconsin will try to extend its streak over Purdue in Week 7.
D'Cota Dixon has proven to be extremely versatile in the Badgers' secondary and capable of making the big play.
Good luck, Wisconsin. It's not the Badgers' fault, but their 98th-ranked nonconference schedule isn't going to impress the selection committee.