Gophers joins five Big Ten teams in BCS Poll

The Big Ten placed six teams among the top 25 in the second issue of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings which were released today, the highest total of any conference followed by the SEC (5), ACC (4) and Pac-10 (4). Penn State continues to lead the way for the conference at No. 9 overall, followed by No. 12 Wisconsin, No. 13 Ohio State, No. 20 Minnesota, No. 21 Northwestern and No. 25 Michigan.

Penn State (7-1, 4-1 in Big Ten) rose one spot to No. 9 overall after a road victory at Illinois (2-5, 0-4) and return home to face Purdue (2-5, 0-4) this weekend at Beaver Stadium. The Badgers (7-1, 4-1) and Buckeyes (5-2, 3-1) also appear among the top 15 in the BCS rankings. Wisconsin climbed two spots to No. 12 overall after defeating the Boilermakers last weekend and will take on the Fighting Illini on the road this Saturday. Ohio State, which earned a road triumph at Indiana (4-3, 1-3) last weekend, also jumped two spots to appear next on the poll at No. 13 and will face another road test at Minnesota (5-2, 2-2) on Saturday. The Gophers had a bye last weekend and moved up two spots to 20th overall. The Wildcats (5-2, 3-1) and Wolverines (5-3, 3-2) both make their first appearances in the BCS rankings this week at 21st and 25th, respectively, and will square off on Saturday in Evanston.

The BCS rankings will be announced each Monday through Nov. 28 and the final BCS poll will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 4. The teams ranked No. 1 and 2 in the final BCS standings will meet for the national championship in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 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 Fiesta, Orange or Sugar Bowl.

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