Crash the computer? UW still No. 5

Badgers' continue to need help for shot at Orange Bowl

First things first. The University of Wisconsin football team has two more regular season games left—two tough, conference road games—before the full brunt of Badger fans' indignation can boil to the surface.

The fourth edition of the 2004 Bowl Championship Series standings was released Monday morning and Wisconsin remains No. 5, still trailing three fellow unbeaten teams and one-loss California.

The Badgers (9-0) hopped over Cal (7-1) to No. 4 in the Associated Press poll Sunday, and remained fourth in the coaches' poll, after the Golden Bears eked out a one-point win over Oregon Saturday while Wisconsin demolished Minnesota, 38-14. Cal is No. 5 in the AP and No. 6 in the coaches' poll.

Wisconsin's combined share in the human polls, 1.6969 out of a possible 2.0, was more than .08 greater than Cal's. The Badgers, though, still are not getting the love from the six computer rankings used to determine one-third of a team's BCS composite score. Cal's computer share ranking of .860 is just a hair below No. 3 Auburn's (.870) and dwarves the Badgers' .700.

As a result, Wisconsin's composite BCS score of .7990 is closer to No. 6 Texas (.7904) than No. 4 California (.8247).

Utah also improved to 9-0 Saturday but saw its BCS composite increase only marginally, from .7429 to .7511. The Longhorns (8-1), in comparison, leapt from .7370 to .7904, moving up one spot in the BCS standings and knocking the Utes down to No. 7.

USC (.9847), Oklahoma (.9664) and Auburn (.9079) remain 1-2-3 in the BCS standings, though Oklahoma did move ahead of USC for the top spot in the computer portion.

Losses by Tennessee and Miami (Fla.) Saturday enabled Georgia (8-1) to move up one spot to No. 8, while Michigan (8-1) and undefeated Boise State (8-0) each slid two spots, to ninth and tenth, respectively.

If the Badgers continue winning they should receive a bump in the computer rankings after playing Iowa (7-2) in two weeks. The Hawkeyes moved up to No. 20 after beating Purdue Saturday.

The realty remains, however, that Wisconsin needs teams in front of it to lose if it is going to play in the Orange Bowl.

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