Once thought to be a rather lackadaisical path to a 10-2 record, the Wisconsin football schedule suddenly grew rather treacherous following last weekend's batch of games.
The Badgers' upcoming opponent, the Iowa Hawkeyes, improved to 5-3 with a victory over the skydiving Northwestern Wildcats. Brigham Young continues to win, grabbing its fifth straight victory by defeating Boise State. And Minnesota protected home field by upsetting Nebraska to become bowl eligible just eight games into the season.
Wisconsin can still expect to be the favorite in its remaining five games, but its outside shot at reaching a BCS bowl game will be no walk in the park, especially with the opponents lurking on its schedule.
One more loss, and the Badgers can kiss away any shot at not only joining the BCS party but at having a chance to defend the Big Ten title. Let's break down the best and worst-case scenario for Wisconsin over its final five regular season games.