Wisconsin rises to No. 7 in BCS standings

Maybe I closed the book too soon on a Big Ten team reaching the BCS national title game.

Defending champ Alabama is out of the way now, and Oklahoma won't be going to Glendale, either.

Could Wisconsin, Ohio State or Michigan State crash the BCS party? It's still highly unlikely but a little easier than it was a week ago.

Wisconsin moves up to No. 7 in the latest BCS standings, while Ohio State rises to No. 9 and Michigan State to No. 11. The computers continue to hurt both Wisconsin and Ohio State, while Michigan State is doing better with the computers than the human voters.

The Big Ten contingent really could use a surprise loss or two from the top six (Oregon, Auburn, TCU, Boise State, LSU and Stanford).

Despite rising to No. 5 in both the Coaches' and Harris polls, Wisconsin remained behind both LSU and Stanford in the BCS standings because of its average computer ranking (No. 10). The Anderson & Hester and Colley Matrix ratings really aren't fond of Wisconsin, as both computers rank the Badgers at No. 14.

Ohio State also is fighting an average computer ranking of No. 15, eight spots behind its ranking in both the coaches' and Harris polls. Jeff Sagarin has Ohio State at No. 18. Ouch.

The Buckeyes will get a boost if they beat Penn State, Iowa and Michigan, but will it be enough to leapfrog Wisconsin in a potential three-way tie atop the league? Right now, Wisconsin has decent lead on Ohio State.

Michigan State, meanwhile, is No. 9 in average computer ranking and No. 10 in both polls.

Iowa moves up to No. 13 in the BCS standings, matching its ranking in the coaches' Poll.

Other Big Ten teams ranked in the BCS standings include Penn State (No. 30), Michigan (No. 32) and Northwestern (tied for No. 48).