Minnesota Moves up to #25 in BCS Rankings

Iowa and Minnesota climbed into the top 25 of the second issue of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings, which were released today, as the Big Ten leads all conferences with five programs in the rankings. The ACC, Big 12 and SEC rank second nationally with four teams each among the top 25.

Wisconsin (8-0, 5-0 in Big Ten) once again leads the conference after falling one spot to seventh overall, as the Badgers remain one of only seven teams in the country with an unblemished record after defeating Northwestern (3-4, 2-2) last Saturday. Wisconsin is 8-0 for just the second time since 1901, as the program opened with nine straight triumphs in 1998 to share the Big Ten title and advance to the Rose Bowl. The Badgers have a bye this weekend before putting their perfect record on the line on Saturday, November 6, as they host Minnesota (6-2, 3-2).

Michigan (7-1, 5-0) rose one spot to No. 12 in the latest BCS poll after picking up a road victory at Purdue (5-2, 2-2) to remain tied atop the Big Ten standings with Wisconsin. The Wolverines look to build on their current 11-game conference winning streak on Saturday as they host Michigan State (4-3, 3-1). The Boilermakers dropped to No. 21 in the BCS poll and face a road test at Northwestern. Two other league teams entered the BCS top 25 this week as Iowa (5-2, 3-1) debuted at No. 23 while Minnesota was ranked No. 25.

The BCS rankings will be announced each Monday through November 29 and the final BCS poll will be announced on Sunday, December 5. The teams ranked No. 1 and 2 in the final BCS standings will meet for the national championship in the Orange Bowl on January 4. If a Big Ten team is not ranked No. 1 or 2 in the final BCS poll, the Conference champion (or co-champion as designated by the Big Ten tie-breaking procedures) will play in the Rose Bowl on January 1.

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