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.