Scout Sees a BCS Bowl Bid for the Badgers

Bob FoxContributor INovember 24, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 23: Ra'Shede Hageman #99 and Cedric Thompson #2 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers tackle James White #20 of the Wisconsin Badgers during the first quarter of the game on November 23, 2013 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Wisconsin Badgers defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers 20-7. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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This past Friday, I was once again able to chat with scout Chris Landry, who is one of the best in the business, on the Steve Duemig Show.

I asked Chris about the upcoming game between the Wisconsin Badgers and Minnesota Gophers, and also whether or not the Badgers had a chance to get in a BCS bowl.

First, Chris talked about the possibility of Wisconsin getting a BCS bowl bid.

I think the Orange (Bowl) is a real possibility. I think Wisconsin is one of the more underrated teams in the country. I actually think Wisconsin and Michigan State are really good. I think the Big Ten is stronger top to bottom than the ACC, although I think Florida State is better than Ohio State. I think Ohio State is getting a bit of a bum rap in terms of how bad the conference is. I don't think it's (the Big Ten) as bad as most people think.

Chris then talked about the actual game between the Badgers and the Gophers, as Wisconsin was trying to win the Paul Bunyan Axe for the 10th straight time.

I think this is going to be a good game. Minnesota has been a great story. Tracy Claeys (interim head coach) has done a good job. The staff has done a good job. But even with their success, Minnesota struggles to stop the run consistently. And I think Wisconsin is going to pound the football and probably win this in the second half. I think Gary Andersen has done a great job, and they (the Badgers) probably should be a one-loss team. And that one loss being Ohio State. They would probably be looked at a little differently.

As it tuned out, the Badgers did dominate in the second half, as the Badgers won a very hard-fought game 20-7 at frigid TCF Bank Stadium.

In addition to what Landry believes regarding Wisconsin getting a BCS bowl bid, so does Jerry Palm of, as he projected all the bowls after all the games were played on Saturday. Like Landry, Palm has Wisconsin playing in the Orange Bowl, with their opponent being the Clemson Tigers.

Wisconsin is also expected to move up in the BCS standings this week. Currently, the Badgers are ranked 19th. To be eligible to play in a BCS bowl, a team must be in the top 14 teams in the BCS standings.

Palm projects the Badgers to move up to the 15th spot after the new BCS standings are announced on Sunday night.

The Badgers will play one more regular-season game,  as they will host the Penn State Nittany Lions at Camp Randall Stadium next Saturday. Obviously, the Badgers must keep winning to keep their dreams about getting a BCS bowl bid alive.

If they do, they probably will get one—at least according to Landry and Palm, both of whom are experts in their field.