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2011 BCS Rankings, Week 9: Michigan State Moves To No. 11

Michigan State's upset of Wisconsin has paid off in terms of the BCS rankings. The Spartans are now the highest rated team in the Big Ten at No. 11 after they upset the Badgers on the final play of Saturday night's primetime contest. Michigan State has quite a ways to go in order to reach the BCS title game, but they are well positioned for the teams with one loss. Only the Oregon Ducks, Oklahoma Sooners and Arkansas Razorbacks have a loss ahead of them in the BCS standings:

1. LSU

2. Alabama

3. Oklahoma State

4. Boise State

5. Clemson

6. Stanford

7. Oregon

8. Kansas State

9. Oklahoma

10. Arkansas

11. Michigan State

12. Virginia Tech

13. South Carolina

14. Nebraska

15. Wisconsin

The Spartans will have a chance to gain ground next week when they face the No. 14 Nebraska Cornhuskers in a key Legends Division battle. The better that Wisconsin does going forward will also help Michigan State. The Badgers now have a tough road game at Ohio State next week.