Not only are the Badgers leaving the comforts of home for only the second time in the first eight weeks of the college football season, but Wisconsin knows that it needs to win out and get some help if it wants to be one of the two teams that qualify for the BCS national championship game in New Orleans.
Although the Badgers lead the Big Ten in scoring offense, having scored over 35 points in all six games this season, in scoring defense, having not allowed more than 17 points in any game this season and have won by at least 31 points in every game this season, Wisconsin comes in at No.6 in the first BCS standings, which were released Sunday night.
"Being sixth, we are still in a great place," senior quarterback Russell Wilson said. "At the same time, all that matters is we win."
Having played only one ranked team and have seen their three nonconference FBS opponents -- UNLV, Oregon State and Northern Illinois -- have a combined record of 6-13, three of the six computer rankings that make up the BCS formula have the Badgers rated 10th or worse, with Massey putting Wisconsin 17th.
"I don't type, never learn how to type, so I am not a computer guy," Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said. "It's all going to sort itself through in the end. Unless you keep winning, it's (not) material anyway."
Wisconsin knows its schedule is going to get tougher against No.15 Michigan State (BCS No. 16) this week and will play at Illinois (No.23), vs. Penn State (BCS No.21) and possibly another ranked opponent in the Big Ten championship.
Still, Wisconsin is behind a number of teams in the BCS that they currently rank ahead of it the human polls. Oklahoma State still must play Oklahoma and Boise State will be heavy favorites throughout the remainder of their schedule.
"I wasn't (surprised to see them ahead)," Bielema said. "When we scheduled Oregon State 10-12 years ago, we thought … they weren't playing great when we played them. Northern Illinois is playing better … UNLV went through a coaching change … I really can't do much about that nonconference schedule. We obviously have Michigan State this week and I was happy to see them win to get them ranked.
"Our day will come. Just focus on the moment."
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