• This marks the first week since Nov. 25, 2007 that the SEC has NOT had a team in the top two of the BCS Standings. That week, Missouri was No. 1 while West Virginia was No. 2. Since then, an SEC team had been either one or two for 17 straight weeks.
On the flip side, Auburn’s No. 4 ranking in the BCS Standings marks the 33rd straight week that the SEC has had a team in the top five, which is the longest active streak by far. The last time there was no SEC team in the top five of the BCS Standings was Dec. 4, 2005 (Georgia was highest at seventh). The conference with the next longest active streak is the Big 12 (22 straight weeks).
NOTE: A “week” indicates a BCS Standings release. Obviously there are several weeks between the final BCS Standings and the major bowl games. Those are not included above.
• Starting next season, the Wisconsin-Iowa rivalry will no longer be an annual event. Instead, it will only be played two out of every five years.
That’s because Iowa and Wisconsin will be placed in separate divisions when the Big Ten expands to add Nebraska.
Wisconsin’s rivalry with Minnesota (for “Paul Bunyan’s Axe”) was protected, while Iowa will have a new cross-divisional “rivalry” with Purdue.
The Wisconsin-Iowa series dates back more than 100 years and on Saturday (3:30 ET, ABC/ESPN) they will have played in 72 of the last 74 years.
Big Ten Guaranteed Cross Divisional Matchups (aka Protected Rivalries)
Beginning Next Season