UW dropped just five spots to No. 9 in both the Associated Press poll and the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, but fell nine spots to No. 18 in the composite computer ranking. Wisconsin's composite BCS score of .5415, though, is within striking distance of No. 8 Florida State (.5876) and trails No. 12 Miami (Fla.) by a mere .0054.
Though the Badgers are no longer in contention for the Orange Bowl (The BCS' championship game), the BCS standings remain important. In order to be eligible for an at-large berth to a BCS bowl, a team must finish in the top 12 in the final BCS standings.
UW's chances of receiving such an at-large bid appear bleak, but the national outlook can change quickly, as the Badgers proved last week.
The conference champions from the ACC, Big Ten, Big East, SEC, Big 12 and Pac-10 all receive automatic berths each year. Teams in other Division I-A conferences secure an automatic bid if they finish in the top six the final BCS standings. Utah, currently ranked No. 6, is in line to receive such an automatic bid. If the season ended today, No. 4 California would be a shoe-in to receive an at-large bid to the Rose Bowl.