Wisconsin rated 17, 18 in new polls

After a come-from-behid win Saturday, the Badgers moved up in the polls Monday.

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After beating West Virginia 24-17 Saturday, the Wisconsin Badgers moved to No. 17 in the ESPN/USA Today poll released Monday. Wisconsin is No. 18 in the AP poll.


The Badgers take on Akron (0-1) Saturday at 2:30 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.


Wisconsin notes


The Badgers are 18-1 in their last 19 conference home games. The loss came at the hands of Fresno State, 32-20, two seasons ago.


Wisconsin is 21-2 all-time against Mid-American Conference teams. They have not lost to a MAC team since Western Michigan bested them, 24-14, in 1988.


The win against West Virginia gives Wisconsin an 11-2 record in openers during the Alvarez era.


For the first time since 1999, three Wisconsin running backs caught passes in game Saturday. Fullback Matt Bernstein, and running backs Anthony Davis and Dwayne Smith each had one reception.


In three season openers, Anthony Davis has average 166 yards rushing.


For the 53rd time in the Alvarez's time at Wisconsin, the Badgers tallied more than 400 yards in a game Saturday. This time, however, the team had its greatest balance, with 51 percent of the yards on the ground and 49 percent through the air.


Jim Sorgi's 20 completions were the second 20-completion performance of his career. Other than Sorgi no UW quarterback has completed 20 passes since 1997.


Sorgi also tied a career high with 47 yards rushing.


17 points allowed were the fewest given up by Wisconsin since allowing 10 to Arizona last season.


Wisconsin is 70-11-2 when allowing less than 20 points the Alvarez era.


The Badgers have allowed only seven points in their last four fourth quarters.  

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