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Wisconsin leads Big Ten in BCS standings

The latest BCS standings confirmed what many of us thought after Saturday's games.

The Big Ten is all but out of the national title mix.

Michigan State's 37-6 loss to Iowa leaves the Big Ten with no undefeated teams and few realistic possibilities of reaching the BCS national championship game on Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz.

Wisconsin is the Big Ten's highest-ranked team, moving up a spot to No. 9 in the latest BCS standings. The Badgers continue to fight the computers, as their computer average of No. 11 is four spots behind their ranking in both the coaches' and Harris polls. Jeff Sagarin has learned how to Bucky, ranking Wisconsin at No. 6, but none of the other computers have Wisconsin higher than ninth. Wisconsin also lingers behind three one-loss teams: Alabama, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

Could Bret Bielema's crew rise all the way to No. 2? Stranger things have happened, but don't hold your breath.

Ohio State remained at No. 11 in the BCS standings, as the Buckeyes' computer profile continues to struggle. Jim Tressel's team has gotten no help from Miami and sits at No. 16 in computer average, eight spots behind its ranking in both human polls.

Michigan State dropped nine spots to No. 14, as the computers still have the Spartans at No. 10. The coaches inexplicably rank Michigan State ahead of Iowa in their poll, and the Hawkeyes only moved up two spots to No. 16 after their big win.

Northwestern (No. 31), Michigan (No. 36) and Illinois (No. 37) also appear in the BCS standings.