Alabama and Florida State maintained their stranglehold over the top two spots. The Tide held on in a tight defensive battle against Mississippi State, while the Seminoles destroyed ACC foe Syracuse.
But the main story is the battle after the main two. Baylor catapulted past OSU in several polls, perhaps thanks to the loss by previous No. 4 Stanford, and the computers continued to harm the Buckeyes in their quest to climb up in the standings.
Of note among the computers rankings, Peter Wolfe has OSU at No. 7 and Kenneth Massey has them at No. 6. The best and worst computer ranks are tossed out, with the remaining four averaged together, but the Buckeyes still only had the fifth-best average, behind a tie between Baylor and one-loss SEC team Auburn.
A huge Big 12 battle occurs this Saturday in Stillwater between the Bears and No. 10 Oklahoma State. Presumably, should the dominant Baylor offense remain undefeated, they’ll likely hop over the Buckeyes by next Sunday’s BCS update. OSU has another soft game against 4-6 Indiana this Saturday in Columbus.