AP voter explains Wisconsin’s low ranking; Badgers prepare to face an improved Purdue defense

Voter explains lack of respect for Wisconsin

Wisconsin is ranked No. 7 in the AP Top 25, meaning quite a few people respect what the Badgers have done so far in their 5-0 start. But not everyone is impressed with coach Paul Chryst’s team. Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News has Wisconsin at No. 14 — the lowest of any AP voter. Here’s his explanation for why he’s got the Badgers where he does.

What is Wisconsin getting in Graham Mertz?

In his latest recruiting notebook, Jesse Temple takes a look at the impact of 2019 quarterback Graham Mertz’s commitment, and also checks in on 2018 commits that continue to light up the scoreboard in their final high school seasons.

Purdue on the right track?

It’s just five games into Jeff Brohm’s tenure at Purdue, but there are signs the former Western Kentucky coach has the Boilermakers on the right track to make some noise in the Big Ten, per the Wisconsin State Journal’s Jim Polzin.

Part of the reason for the optimism, as the Associated Press reports, is an improved defense that has caused issues for teams already this year and could do so again at Wisconsin on Saturday.

Rachid Ibrahim finds a spot

As a graduate transfer from Pittsburgh, running back Rachid Ibrahim was guaranteed nothing but a roster spot at Wisconsin. But the senior, as Jesse Temple writes, fought for a role on the team and it paid off for him and the Badgers against Nebraska.

Inside the Wisconsin film room

Madison.com’s Jason Galloway takes you inside the Wisconsin film room with a look back at the Badgers victory at Nebraska, including how Chryst handed the game over to his offensive line and the running game to close things out.

Jason Erdmann impresses

Forced into action on Saturday at Nebraska, left guard Jason Erdmann stepped up and the walk-on more than held his own against the Huskers, writes Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Jonathan Taylor among the best

He’s just five games into his college career, but Jonathan Taylor is garnering national acclaim in the wake of his 249-yard, 2-touchdown performance against Nebraska, including ranking among the top 10 running backs in the country, according to USA Today.

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