The Buckeyes are safe. For now.
After Oregon fell to Stanford on Thursday night, there was all sorts of conversation about whether undefeated Ohio State would simply slide up or if the Buckeyes were in danger of being jumped by Stanford or even fellow undefeated Baylor. Well, Ohio State can exhale, as Urban Meyer's squad did move up one spot to No. 3 when the latest BCS standings were released Sunday night.
Ohio State has been punished all year long due to the perceived weakness of the Big Ten, despite the fact that the Buckeyes haven't lost once in the past two seasons. Now, they appear to be in good position if either of the two teams ranked ahead of them — No. 1 Alabama or No. 2 Florida State — were to trip up. That could send Ohio State to the BCS title bout.
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Michigan State also moved up one spot, courtesy of losers ahead of them — most notably Oklahoma, LSU and Miami — but they perhaps didn't move as far ahead as they should have. The Spartans saw three teams fall below them, though advanced just one spot in the standings. They were jumped by two teams ranked behind them last week: Northern Illinois and UCLA. Sparty had no game this week, so perhaps the yearlong dominance on the defensive side wasn't necessarily fresh in the minds of voters.
The only other Big Ten team in the top 25 is Wisconsin, which moved up two spots from No. 24 to No. 22. The Badgers continue to sit near the bottom of the standings despite putting up strong performances week after week. The latest came against a solid BYU team. But, like their conferencemates, the Badgers are finding it tough to get much love in the polls.