College football rankings: Wisconsin remains at No. 5 in AP Top 25 poll

Wisconsin cruised to a 38-13 victory against Maryland on Saturday, and it was enough for the Badgers to hold steady at No. 5 in the latest AP Top 25 poll, which was released Sunday.

Three of the four unbeaten teams ranked ahead of Wisconsin — Alabama, Penn State and TCU — each won Saturday as well. Georgia had a bye week on its schedule.

The Badgers are off to their first 7-0 start since 2004. It marks only the third time Wisconsin has won its first seven games in the modern era of college football (since 1946). Wisconsin took an early lead against Maryland on linebacker T.J. Edwards’ 54-yard interception return for a touchdown, and the Terrapins were largely out-matched from there.

Previous rankings (AP/ Amway Coaches Poll):  5/5

New rankings (AP/Amway Coaches Poll): 5/5

What it means: Wisconsin moved one step closer to reaching the College Football Playoff. With Big Ten East powers Penn State and Ohio State also highly ranked, Wisconsin presumably will have to beat one of those two teams in the conference championship game to make the playoff. But at this point, it’s nearly a foregone conclusion that Wisconsin will appear in the title game. Wisconsin essentially holds a three-game lead on every other team in the Big Ten West.

What’s next: Wisconsin (7-0) plays Illinois (2-5) at 11 a.m. CT Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill.

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