Wisconsin Badgers head coach Gary Andersen does not want to hear anything about how his team winning with style points to grab an at-large BCS bid. Sorry to say coach, but not only have you won that way lately, but you’re going to have to the next two weeks.
Let’s face it, no matter how much we rant and rave and complain, that’s not going to change the outcome of the debacle that was Arizona State. Would this whole BCS picture for the Badgers be much, much clearer if Wisconsin were to come away with a win in the desert? Sure, but the reality of it is they didn’t so we sit here with a very good 8-2 football team currently on the outside looking in.
As for quality wins this year? Well there’s not many on this season for the Badgers. The Northwestern Wildcats were ranked 19th when the Badgers defeated them 35-6. That means nothing now however since the Wildcats have yet to win a game after beginning 4-0.
Which brings me to my next point, winning with “style points.” Andersen may not want to talk about it, but I have no problem with the subject matter. In the Badgers eight victories, they have won by an average of 31.8 points. Since their loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes, Wisconsin has won five-straight games by an average of 26 points. Whether Andersen is actually paying attention or not, his Badgers squad has been winning by a wide margin as of late.
Let’s wrap this thing around to the next two weeks for the Badgers, shall we? With a huge rivalry game on the road with a finally relevant Minnesota Golden Gophers team (25th in latest BCS rankings), the Badgers not only have to win but look impressive doing so as well. It’s the last chance for Wisconsin to grab one last quality win as they finish the season with the Penn State Nittany Lions. That game as well will be one last-ditch effort to win with some more style points.
The Badgers need to jump up five spots to 14 to even be considered for an at-large BCS bid. Like it or not, Andersen and the Badgers will have to win with as many style points as they can.