Buckeyes Need BCS Help
By Rob Ogden
The biggest roadblocks between Ohio State and a national championship game appearance likely aren't any teams on the Buckeyes' schedule, but instead the three teams ahead of them in first set of Bowl Championship Series rankings.
The poll was released on Sunday, and Ohio State is ranked fourth, behind No. 1 Alabama (.9841), No. 2 Florida State (.9348) and No. 3 Oregon (.9320).
The Seminoles were ranked fifth in both the AP and Coaches polls last week, but jumped to second in the BCS after Saturday night's rout of No. 3 Clemson.
Sitting in fourth without the benefit of a strong strength of schedule, the Buckeyes will likely need help to get into the championship game, even with an undefeated record.
No. 5 Missouri and No. 7 Miami also pose threats to the Buckeyes as long as they remain unbeaten.
The computer rankings is what hurt the Buckeyes the most. One computer ranked Ohio State as high as No. 3, while two others ranked the Buckeyes as low as No. 8.
Ohio State is ranked No. 4 in both the Coaches and Harris polls.
The only other Big Ten teams ranked in the top 25 are Michigan (22) and Nebraska (24).
Ineligible in 2012, Sunday's poll marks the first time Ohio State has been ranked in the BCS standings since the end of the 2010 season, when they finished at No. 6.
2013 will be the last season the Buckeyes will be ranked in the poll, as the BCS will be replaced by the new college football playoff beginning next season.
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