Buckeyes Land at No. 2 in BCS
By Rob Ogden
The Buckeyes have held off Auburn — for now.
Ohio State (.9503) is ranked No. 2 in the latest BCS standings, .027 points ahead of now-No. 3 Auburn (.9233), who knocked off then-No. 1 Alabama Saturday night.
The Crimson Tide fell three spots to No. 4.
Unbeaten Florida State is the new No. 1 with .9948 points.
The Buckeyes' margin over the Tigers is slim, but larger than some expected, in large part due to its No. 2 ranking in all three components of the BCS formula.
Ohio State is No. 2 in both the Coaches and Harris Interactive polls as well as in the computer rankings.
Florida State is No. 1 in all three components while Auburn is No. 3. Some expected the Tigers' win over Alabama to boost them to No. 1 in the computers.
Of the seven computer rankings, the Buckeyes are No. 2 in five of them. They are first in one, and third in another, but those two rankings don't apply because each team's highest and lowest computer ranking is thrown out.
The Sagarin ranking, the one in which the Buckeyes are ranked third, has Northern Illinois at No. 2 and Auburn at No. 6.
The consensus among the experts is that Ohio State's lead is large enough that they'll be able to hold off Auburn even if the Tigers beat No. 5 Missouri in the SEC Championship game on Saturday.
If that's the case, the only hurdle between the Buckeyes and the BCS national championship game is No. 10 Michigan State, which climbed one spot from last week.
If Auburn is to pass Ohio State without the Buckeyes losing, it'll be because of the human voters. The Buckeyes have a 25-point lead over the Tigers in Sunday's Coaches Poll.
Coaches' ballots are revealed for the final poll next weekend.
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