A rare non-conference game in November has proven to work out well for the Wisconsin Badgers, as Saturday they defeated the BYU Cougars 27-17 and keep hopes of playing in a BCS bowl game alive.
After the debacle at the end of the Arizona State Sun Devils game (still an unbelievable ending to wrap one’s head around almost two months later) and a loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Badgers (7-2) find themselves right on the edge of qualifying for a berth in a BCS bowl game.
Obviously we will have to wait until the latest BCS rankings to come out before we see just how far Bucky has climbed in the standings after beating a really good BYU team.
To give a brief rundown as to how it works as it can be confusing, at-large eligibility is as follows: 1.) Win at least nine regular season games 2.) Be among top 14 teams in final BCS standings. Also no more than two teams from the same conference are able to play in a BCS bowl game.
Looking at the Badgers, if they win-out they finish with a 10-2 record which crosses off part one of an at-large bid. The second part of qualifying is where it gets a little tricky. As it stands right now, and it looks to stay this way, the Buckeyes and Michigan State Spartans will square off in the Big Ten Championship game. Barring a disaster, the Buckeyes should win that game and clinch at least the Rose Bowl, although there’s a slim chance they play in the BCS national championship game.
If all of this holds true, the Badgers will leap-frog the Spartans and should find themselves in the top 14 when the final BCS standings are released. There are a lot of variables that can happen between now and then, but all the Badgers can do is take care of their own business and see where they land.