Wisconsin-Northwestern poised for highest-ranked battle in over 55 years
Northwestern jumped four spots in the latest AP Top 25 Poll, making this Saturday’s game against Wisconsin the highest-ranking match-up between these two teams in more than half-a-century.
The last time that Wisconsin and Northwestern met and both were in the top 20 in the polls was 1962.
With a dominant 49-11 win at Michigan on Saturday night, Wisconsin (2-0) is up to No. 10 in the poll. Northwestern has yet to play a ranked team this year but put together another solid performance in beating Purdue on the road on Saturday.
Coming in at No. 10 💪
Northwestern is No. 19, making this the first top-20 matchup between us since 1962! pic.twitter.com/CvIYlIhKy2
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) November 15, 2020
They are among four Big Ten sides in the poll. Ohio State at No. 3 and Indiana at No. 9 are the other two ranked programs from the conference.
The game is a big one for both teams, with Wisconsin able to take a big step forward and put together another quality win in a season that has seen their schedule affected by COVID-19 and testing protocols. For Northwestern, it is a chance to validate their ranking and make a statement against the first ranked opponent they will face all season.