BCS Rankings 2010: Breaking Down the Wisconsin Badgers

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BCS Rankings 2010: Breaking Down the Wisconsin Badgers
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It's finally here, folks. The first BCS rankings of the college football season.

Entering the season, plenty of expectations were placed on the 2010 Wisconsin Badgers team.

Be the best rushing attack in the Big Ten.

Show your offensive line is the strongest in the country.

Scott Tolzien needs to prove he's still the most efficient passer in the Big Ten.

John Clay needs a Heisman.

All of these aspirations, and the hype that came with them, built up the Badgers as a top 10 team through Week 4.

Week 5, however, the No. 11 Badgers fell to the Michigan State Spartans.

Clay has been slowed by injury. His backup James White, a true freshman, is showing the nation just how electric he is, averaging nearly eight yards per carry. Both stepped up big in Saturday's win over Ohio State.

For head coach Bret Bielema and the Badgers, the season has been a mixed bag so far.

They've held off injuries for the most part but have been wildly inconsistent. They nearly lost two out-of-conference games that should have been blowouts.

After their loss to Michigan State, they rebounded nicely, squaring up on and beating down rival Minnesota, 41-23 at Camp Randall.

Oh, and they played the role of David against Goliath nicely, beating former No. 1 Ohio State under the bright lights on Saturday

So, where do the Badgers go from here, entering BCS season?

Click "next" to find out where Wisconsin enters the BCS in the first poll.

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