Michigan State jumps up, but just three Big Ten teams in BCS

Michigan State jumps up, but just three Big Ten teams in BCS
November 3, 2013, 8:45 pm
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Vinnie Duber

There's some good news and some bad news for the Big Ten in this week's updated BCS standings.

Michigan State used a dominant performance over Michigan to jump five spots from No. 22 to No. 17, as the Spartans finally gained some national recognition. However, Michigan, ranked No. 21 heading into this past weekend, fell completely out of the rankings.

That leaves just two other Big Ten teams still standing in the top 25: No. 4 Ohio State, unmoved after its 56-0 blowout of Purdue, and No. 24 Wisconsin, also sitting in the same place as last week after a 28-9 win against Iowa.

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The Spartans' jump is a positive one, but the lack of conference depth still seems to be plaguing these teams.

Michigan State, for one, has the nation's best defense, though the Spartans have been slow to first enter, then climb in the rankings. Wisconsin has stalled out near the bottom of the top 25 despite just a two-loss record with losses to a pair of top-25 teams. Ohio State has a high ranking, but the Buckeyes have also struggled to get themselves into the conversation when it comes to which teams belong in the national title game.

These three teams have a combined three losses, and all have come against opponents currently ranked in the top 25 (Michigan State fell to Notre Dame, Wisconsin to Ohio State and Arizona State).