The magic number the Wisconsin Badgers (8-2, 5-1) must reach to even have a shot at a BCS bowl is the 14 spot. Judging by the latest BCS rankings, Bucky is going to have a lot of work to do in the final two weeks of the regular season.
With two games left in the season, the Badgers will have to be awfully impressive and will need some help if they want to make a late-season climb into the top 14. One thing that will benefit Wisconsin will be if they can go on the road and beat a good Minnesota Golden Gophers team Saturday, who by the way made their way to the 25 slot in the BCS rankings even after having a bye week.
One has to wonder just where the Badgers would be if they would have come away with a win at Arizona State and not have fallen victim to the horrible Pac-12 officiating. I’m not one to usually look back and say “well, what if this happened” or “things would be different if this had happened,” but in this situation it’s hard not to.
If the Badgers would have won that game against the Sun Devils they would be 9-1 and sitting inside the top 14 of the BCS standings. They would certainly be ahead of Fresno State and Northern Illinois, who sit 15 and 16 respectively.
Like my Dad used to say however, “If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we’d all have a Merry Christmas.” The reality of it is that all the Badgers can do is take care of business, look for some help and see where they land at the end of the season when the BCS rankings mean the most.