Where the Wisconsin Badgers program falls in Josh Pate’s Big Ten Power Rankings

The Big Ten is in the midst of major changes entering the 2024 football season.

The East-West Division model is gone as the program welcomes top programs USC, Oregon, Washington and UCLA into the conference.

Related: Way-too-early record predictions for every Big Ten football team in 2024 

Wisconsin’s place in the new 18-team conference is yet to be seen. Much will depend on the job Luke Fickell and his staff can do over the next few years, but it will also rely on the performance of the traditional powers up top.

I recently ranked every program in the conference with a forward-looking perspective — in other words, ranking the programs instead of just the 2024 teams.

CBSSports’ Josh Pate did the same yesterday. He and I view Wisconsin the same way, but have some disagreements at the top of the conference:

Indiana Hoosiers

Nov 4, 2023; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Indiana’s Louis Moore (20) starts to celebrate as Josh Sanguinetti runs back a fumble during the second half of a victory over the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Janzaruk-USA TODAY Sports

2023 Record: 3-9

2023 Team Talent Composite: No. 47

2024 Recruiting Class Ranking: No. 60

Place in BadgersWire Power Ranking: No. 17

Northwestern Wildcats

Nov 4, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Northwestern Wildcats head coach David Braun looks on during the first half against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

2023 Record: 8-5

2023 Team Talent Composite: No. 52

2024 Recruiting Class Ranking: No. 101

Place in BadgersWire Power Ranking: No. 18

Illinois Fighting Illini

CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS – OCTOBER 21: Head coach Bret Bielema of the Illinois Fighting Illini protests a call during the second half against the Wisconsin Badgers at Memorial Stadium on October 21, 2023 in Champaign,…


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