Gophers enter BCS standings at No. 25

Gophers enter BCS standings at No. 25
November 18, 2013, 10:30 am
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Vinnie Duber

Hello, Gophers.

There's a fourth Big Ten team in the BCS standings: the Minnesota Golden Gophers, who entered at No. 25 when the latest batch was released Sunday night.

Minnesota entered the standings despite not playing this weekend, though it is in the middle of a four-game win streak that's seen the Gophers knock off a quartet of conference foes and become one of America's best college-football stories.

Additionally, Ohio State remained ranked at No. 3, Michigan State jumped from No. 16 to No. 13 and Wisconsin advanced from No. 22 to No. 19.

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The Buckeyes shed one of the teams that was threatening to jump them, when one-loss Stanford became two-loss Stanford after falling to USC on Saturday night. But new No. 4 Baylor, still undefeated, is hot on Ohio State's tail. If the Bears knock off No. 10 Oklahoma State this week (while the Buckeyes take on Indiana), there's a very good chance Ohio State could drop to No. 4.

Michigan State, meanwhile, is inching toward position to get into a BCS bowl game. The Spartans have a likely date with the Buckeyes in the Big Ten title game, which they'd likely have to win to make a BCS bowl game (the Rose Bowl). The Badgers, meanwhile, continue to be criminally underrated despite their two losses. A terrific all-around team, Wisconsin has that quasi-loss to Arizona State (currently ranked No. 17) and a seven-point defeat at the hands of the country's No. 3 team.