An interesting thing happened to the Wisconsin Badgers this past week in the Associated Press top-25 poll. Wisconsin gained votes -- from 935 to 980 -- but actually went down in the poll, from No. 10 to No. 11.

This was due to the fact that unbeaten West Virginia got a major boost in the polls, going from 744 votes to 997.

Wisconsin, at 5-2, is ahead of a number of undefeated teams on a lot of ballots, including West Virginia and Boise State as well as some with the Badgers ahead of Baylor.

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And, oh yeah, Nebraska. The Cornhuskers, Wisconsin's opponent this week at Camp Randall Stadium, are ranked No. 7 in the nation. However, 13 AP voters have the Badgers ranked higher on their ballot. Jon Wilner has Wisconsin seven spots higher than Nebraska. So I guess we can surmise while most people are buying into a two-loss Badgers team (just see the vote tally below), not everyone is convinced about Nebraska.

One other interesting nugget from this week's ballots: four votes have Wisconsin ranked higher than Ohio State, a team which just beat the Badgers on the road in overtime last week.

In the case of three voters -- Bob Asmussen, Johnny Miller and Mitch Vingle -- the difference is just once spot.

But then there's Josh Kendall. He has Wisconsin ranked No. 5 in the country. Yes, fifth. Kendall has Ohio State at 11 and Nebraska at 8. He is really buying into the Badgers.

Here's the complete list of ballots from Week 9 as well as a comparison to the previous two weeks:

Voter Week 9 Week 8 Week 7
Josh Kendall, The State 5 6 7
Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News 6 7 8
Andy Greder, St. Paul Pioneer Press 7 8 8
Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune 7 8 8
Joey Knight, Tampa Bay Times 7 11 8
John Clay, Lexington Herald-Leader 7 8 9
Jonny Miller, WBZ News Radio 7 14 10
Patrick Brown, Chattanooga Times Free Press 7 8 8
Bill Landis, Cleveland Plain Dealer 8 8 9
Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette 8 10 8
David Briggs, Toledo Blade 8 8 8
Jason Galloway, Wisconsin State Journal 8 8 8
Joe Walljasper, Columbia Tribune 8 8 8
Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News 8 8 10
Brett McMurphy, ESPN 9 10 8
Ed Daigneault, Republican-American 9 11 8
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Star-Advertiser 9 10 8
Graham Watson, Yahoo Sports 9 8 9
Matt Porter, Palm Beach Post 9 8 8
Michael Bonner, Jackson Clarion-Ledger 9 8 8
Mitch Vingle, Charleston Gazette-Mail 9 10 8
Pete DiPrimio, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel 9 10 8
Steve Batterson, Quad City Times 9 12 12
Adam Jude, Seattle Times 10 10 11
Chris Murray, Reno Gazette-Journal 10 10 11
Dana Sulonen, Opelika-Auburn News 10 10 8
Dave Southern, Idaho Statesman 10 9 8
Ed Johnson, Albuquerque Journal 10 8 10
Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal 10 10 8
Jeff Miller, Orange County Register 10 9 8
Joe Dubin, WSMV-TV 10 9 10
Keith Sargeant, NJ.com 10 11 8
Mandy Mitchell, WRAL-TV 10 10 11
Matt Charboneau, The Detroit News 10 12 10
Matt McCoy, WTVN-AM Columbus 10 10 8
Michael Lev, Arizona Daily Star 10 10 8
Pat Caputo, Oakland Press 10 10 9
Robert Cessna, Bryan-College Station Eagle 10 9 10
Sam McKewon, Omaha World-Herald 10 10 9
Scott Hamilton, Winston-Salem Journal 10 13 10
Steve Wiseman, Durham Herald-Sun 10 9 9
Adam Zucker, CBS Sports Network 11 8 14
Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News 11 10 8
Garland Gillen, WVUE-TV New Orleans 11 12 10
Jerry DiPaola, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 11 15 9
John Shinn, The Norman (Okla.) Transcript 11 10 8
Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald 11 11 9
Marq Burnett, SEC Country 11 16 13
Nathan Deen, Savannah Morning News 11 10 8
Ross Dellenger, The Advocate, Baton Rouge 11 13 10
Brent Axe, Syracuse Post-Standard 12 13 9
Brian Howell, Daily Camera 12 11 10
Garry Smits, Florida Times-Union 12 16 11
Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram 12 13 9
Matt Galloway, Topkea Capital-Journal 12 11 10
Mike Barber, Richmond Times-Dispatch 12 11 9
Robert Gagliardi, Wyoming Tribune Eagle 12 17 10
Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 12 17 11
Tony Parks, KZNS 14 15 12
Rob Long, WJFK-FM Washington, D.C. 17 17 10
Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman 18 19 16

Dave Heller is the author of the upcoming book Ken Williams: A Slugger in Ruth's Shadow as well as Facing Ted Williams Players from the Golden Age of Baseball Recall the Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived and As Good As It Got: The 1944 St. Louis Browns