The Big Ten topped all conferences with six teams ranked among the top 25 in the initial Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings announced Sunday night on ESPN. Wisconsin, the Big Ten's last remaining undefeated team, leads the conference at No. 6 in the initial BCS poll. Other Big Ten programs among the top 25 are No. 13 Nebraska, No. 16 Michigan State, No. 18 Michigan, No. 21 Penn State and No. 23 Illinois. The Big 12 and SEC rank second with five teams each among the top 25, followed by three teams each from the ACC and Pac-12.
Wisconsin makes its 57th appearance in a BCS poll and cracks the top 25 for the third straight season and seventh time in the last eight years. The Badgers ended last season rated fifth in the final BCS poll, which tied the highest BCS ranking in school history.
Nebraska makes its 55th appearance in a BCS poll and is ranked for the third straight season. The Cornhuskers were rated as high as seventh last season and have been rated first in the BCS polls in two different seasons.
Michigan State is ranked in a BCS poll for the third time in the last four seasons. The Spartans ended last season rated ninth in the BCS after reaching a program-high ranking of fifth earlier in the year.
Michigan makes its 63rd appearance in a BCS poll and returns to the BCS top 25 for the first time since the 2007 campaign. The Wolverines reached a program-high of No. 2 during the 2006 season.
Penn State makes its 42nd appearance in a BCS poll and cracks the top 25 for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. The Nittany Lions return to the BCS poll for the first time since the 2009 campaign and reached a program-high of No. 2 in the BCS in 1999.
Illinois returns to the BCS poll for the first time since the 2007 season and reached a program-high of eighth in the BCS standings in 2001.