Badgers to get bump in BCS?

Wisconsin gains greater share of AP, coaches votes

The University of Wisconsin football team is ranked No. 4 in the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today coaches' polls, both released Sunday. The Badgers 38-14 rout of Minnesota, combined with California's 28-27 escape over Oregon, helped UW hop over the Golden Bears and into the fourth spot in the AP rankings.

The Golden Bears (7-1) were No. 4 in the last Bowl Championship Series standings, one spot ahead of Wisconsin. That could change Monday, when the fourth edition of the BCS standings is announced.

Wisconsin (9-0) received a boost of its AP share from .8363 to .8517. The Badgers received a similar boost from the coaches: .8275 to .8452.

Cal, meanwhile, dropped from a .8382 to a .8252 in the AP but did improve, albeit marginally, in the coaches' poll, from .7869 to .7888.

The human polls make up two-thirds of the BCS calculation. The third leg is harder to project: an amalgam of six computer polls. Only one of those ratings—the does not look quite as good for UW: Cal is No. 3, Wisconsin No. 8.

Still, there is a reasonable chance the Badgers will move into fourth place on the BCS list come Monday, which would end three weeks of being ranked behind a team with a loss on its record, whether that squad was Florida State in weeks one and two or Cal last week.

BCS No. 6 Utah (9-0) and No. 7 Texas (8-1) also received boosts after thrashing their opponents Saturday.

Utah's shares rose from .7458 to .7662 in the AP and from .7128 to .7370 on the coaches list. Texas jumped from .7569 to .7748 in the AP and from .7541 to .7666. The Longhorns also leapt from 11th to sixth in the Sagarin ratings, while the Utes fell from sixth to ninth.


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