Buckeyes Hang on To Third in BCS Standings
By Rob Ogden
After being leapfrogged by Baylor in the Associated Press poll Sunday afternoon, Ohio State was able to hold off the Bears Sunday night in the latest BCS standings — barely.
No. 4 Baylor, previously No. 6, moved to within a minuscule .0013 points of the No. 3 Buckeyes.
Last week, Ohio State led Baylor by .0308. Stanford fell out of the top five after it lost for the second time this season.
Though Baylor, who beat Texas Tech 63-34 Saturday, is gaining ground, CBSSports.com BCS expert said Ohio State fans need not worry.
Palm told TheOzone.net last week that Ohio State will remain ahead of Baylor as long as it keeps winning, no matter the margin.
He reaffirmed that belief Sunday.
Palm also said the Buckeyes will remain No. 3 unless No. 1 Alabama or No. 2 Florida State drop a remaining game.
Oregon climbed back to No. 5.
Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Legends Division-leading Michigan State moved up three spots to No. 13 following its 41-28 win over Nebraska Saturday.
Now at No. 19, Wisconsin moved up three spots in the rankings this week, as well. The Badgers defeated Indiana 51-3 this weekend.
Following its fourth-consecutive win, No. 25 Minnesota moved into the standings for the first time this season.
With a potential matchup against the Spartans in the Big Ten title game, the Buckeyes' strength of schedule could benefit from Michigan State's recent climb.
The Buckeyes best remaining chance to move up might come this weekend when Alabama faces No. 6 Auburn on the road.
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