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BCS on Everybody's Mind
By Rob Ogden

COLUMBUS, Ohio - After answering a series of questions about last week's win over American and Monday night's game versus Wyoming, Ohio State guards Sam Thompson and Aaron Craft turned the tables, and decided it was their turn to ask the questions.

"Let's say that Auburn beats Alabama, and Missouri beats Auburn in the SEC Championship game. Does Missouri jump us?," Craft asked a group of reporters, speaking, of course, of the BCS."

For the third-consecutive week, the top three teams in the BCS remained unchanged. No. 1 Alabama tops the standings, followed by No. 2 Florida State and No. 3 Ohio State.

What continues to change, is who sits at No. 4.

Two weeks ago it was Stanford, fresh off a win over Oregon. Last week Baylor, and now Auburn.

The formerly undefeated Bears fell to No. 9 after a 49-17 loss to Oklahoma State Saturday night.

Baylor is no longer a threat to the Buckeyes, but Thompson wonders if Auburn is.

"What if Auburn wins out?," Thompson chimed in. "What if they beat Alabama and then win the SEC Championship game?"

The Tigers have a top-5 Iron Bowl showdown with Alabama this Saturday in Auburn.

So if Auburn beats the Crimson Tide, and wins the SEC title game, then what?

"I think Auburn's gonna jump us," Thompson said.

Despite Thompson's feelings, Ohio State has a sizable lead over the Tigers. The Buckeyes led Baylor by just .0013 points last week, but leads Auburn by .0964.

Ohio State also gained ground on Florida State. The Buckeyes were .079 behind the Seminoles a week ago, but are now just .050 back.

Missouri, meanwhile, climbed three spots to No. 5. after beating Ole Miss.

Michigan State, Ohio State's Big Ten Championship game opponent, is 11th.

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