The Big Ten was one of two conferences with five teams among the top 20 in the second Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings announced Sunday night on ESPN. After handing Wisconsin its first loss of the season, Michigan State moved up five spots to No. 11 in the BCS poll. Other Big Ten programs among the top 20 are No. 14 Nebraska, No. 15 Wisconsin, No. 18 Michigan and No. 19 Penn State. The Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC are the only conferences with more than three top-25 teams in the BCS standings.
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.
Nebraska makes its 56th 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.
Wisconsin makes its 58th 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.
Michigan makes its 64th appearance in a BCS poll and reached a program-high of No. 2 during the 2006 season.
Penn State makes its 43rd appearance in a BCS poll and cracks the top 25 for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. The Nittany Lions reached a program-high of No. 2 in the BCS in 1999.