Wisconsin Football: Badgers’ BCS bowl hopes still alive

The Wisconsin Badgers continued to win in style over the weekend after defeating Indiana in a punishing 51-3 rout over the Hoosiers at Camp Randall Stadium. With only 2 weeks remaining in the season, Wisconsin must win out and win their games in a considerably fashionable manner.

In order for Wisconsin football to gain a BCS bowl at-large bid, the Badgers need to get themselves in the Top-14 of the BCS rankings by the end of the year. However, accomplishing this won’t come very easy. The No.3 Ohio State Buckeyes will surely stay undefeated and remain at the top of the Leaders division in the Big Ten. In the Legends division, No. 16 Michigan State (9-1, 6-0) looks to be the team OSU will face in the Big Ten Championship.

That being said, Wisconsin will be looking for some help to make a last push in cracking the top 14. Assuming the Buckeyes finish the season undefeated and win the Big Ten conference championship, they will have punched their ticket to Pasadena to play in the Rose Bowl. The Badgers will be hoping the Spartans end their season in some kind of catastrophic collapse with losses to either Northwestern or Minnesota. If Michigan State continues to stay ahead of Wisconsin in the BCS rankings, Sparty will capture a BCS bowl at-large bid before the Badgers.

The fate of the Badgers may lay in the hands of others, but this Wisconsin football team won’t surrender to defeat without a fight.

Winning games in style will play a significant part in gaining recognition from the BCS. Wisconsin took that first step this past Saturday defeating Indiana. Needing a convincing victory, the Badgers proved to the country they have the most explosive and dangerous rushing attack behind, arguably, the best offensive line in the nation.

James White jump-started the offense from the first play from scrimmage, ripping off a team-record 93-yard touchdown run. White finished with a career-best 205-yards and 1 touchdown. Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement also ran for over 100 yards in the game. Jared Abbrederis contributed 86 yards to the run-happy offense, taking 2 of his 3 attempts for touchdowns.

The defense continued its domination against Indiana as well. Coming into the game, the Hoosiers were the Big Ten’s second-best offense averaging around 43-points and 527-yards a game. Led by Chris Borland once again, the Badgers defense held Indiana to just 3-points and 224-yards. The blistering defense of Wisconsin allowed only 3 drives in the entire game to extend beyond 6 plays.

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Next on the schedule for Bucky will be this Saturday, November 23rd at 2:30 pm against a much better opponent in No.25 Minnesota (8-2, 4-2). Wisconsin will travel to TCM Bank Stadium to take on arguably one of the hottest teams in the Big Ten. The Gophers are riding a 4-game winning streak and will be looking to rain on Wisconsin’s BCS hopes and take back Paul Bunyan’s axe.

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The Paul Bunyan axe first made its appearance in 1948 and every year since then the trophy has traveled between Wisconsin and Minnesota in this historic Big Ten rivalry. Since the trophy was first given out, the Badgers hold a 38-24-3 lead in the series. Minnesota isn’t going to just lay over and let Wisconsin leave with an easy victory. However, the Badgers rushing attack will have the Gophers scampering back into the ground down the stretch to pull out the victory and bring Paul Bunyan’s axe back to Madison once again.

Penn State (6-4, 3-3) will be last on the schedule and with the season finale taking place within the confines of Camp Randall, Wisconsin football fans will have a lot to jump-around for. The Badgers will end the season in the stylish manner needed to crack the BCS Top-14, but will need some help in getting a well deserved BCS bowl at large-bid.

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Comments

  1. ChrisS says

    What you didn’t put into play, is if Wisconsin wins out, the Badgers can still jump Michigan State with OSU beating the Spartans in the Big Ten Championship. I will assure you if the Spartans lose in the Big Ten Championship to OSU at a neutral site and with a greater margin than OSU beating the Badgers in Columbus of 7 points, we will jump the Spartans and head to (maybe) Miami for the Orange Bowl. Of course the chips have to fall into place with other schools losing as well, but remember the BCS does not favor Conference Championship losing teams, and that will play major factor in the next few weeks.

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