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Wisconsin Badgers Only Move Up to No. 22 in BCS Rankings

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After an impressive non-conference win over a tough BYU Cougars team at Camp Randall Saturday, the Wisconsin Badgers were only able to move up two spots in the latest BCS rankings. The Badgers improve from their 24 rank a week ago to only 22 this week.

Even with the Badgers jumping up to the 17 spot in the AP Poll and 20 in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll, Wisconsin still could not crack the top 20 in the BCS. The Harris Poll has the Badgers ranked 21st and the computer rankings have them ranked 18th meaning there is still some work to be done for Bucky.

With only three games remaining on the schedule, it’s crunch time for the Badgers. I do believe however that if they are able to win-out their remaining three games that Wisconsin will end up inside the top 14 where they will qualify for an at-large BCS bowl bid.

Unfortunately my opinion holds zero weight in what the voters and the computers will do with Gary Andersen’s ball club.

It is also interesting to note that one of the teams ahead of the Badgers are the Arizona State Sun Devils, whose one of two quality “wins” came when Wisconsin got bamboozled by the Pac-12 officiating crew at the end of the game. And no I’m still not over that loss.

Moving forward the only Big Ten team ahead of the Badgers not named the Ohio State Buckeyes are the Michigan State Spartans. The same Spartans who I believe will more than likely face Ohio State in the conference championship game and in all likelihood lose, meaning Wisconsin moves ahead of them in the final BCS standings.

Either way you look at it, the Badgers have to take care of their business and let fate decide if they go bowling in a BCS game. I think that happens, however in this day and age it will depend on what the computers think of good ol Bucky Badger.

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  • Marcus Büker

    Better for B1G if Wisconsin does not go the the Orange…better to play Mizzou, A&M or LSU in the Capital One. I don’t think Bucky would overtake OSU if they fall in a close B1G championship…so Bucky is a Buckeye fan that day…otherwise Badgers will go to the Outback.

    • Taylor

      The game at Minnesota is far from a given. BCS bowl=more money for program and more exposure, however I do see your point. Either way BCS, Capitol One or Outback would be a good match up and a chance for Badgers to prove themselves. The B1G as a whole needs a good bowl season too.

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