April 24, 2014

Latest BCS Standings: No. 3 Ohio State up just .001 on Baylor

bcs rankings 111713In tonight’s updated BCS standings, the Ohio State Buckeyes edged fellow power conference unbeaten Baylor by just .001 for the No. 3 spot.

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.

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  • Wow

    I don’t understand this. Do they need to score 100?

  • Natedawg86

    So since auburn is ahead of Ohio state in some CPU polls, if they beat ala then they move into top 2… Sweet… Baylor loses to osu either next week or in a bowl

  • BenRM

    Honestly, after the Michigan-Northwestern game, I can’t blame the pollster’s opinions of the Big 10. The league’s saving grace is that MSU found a QB to go with their defense.

    Regardless, I think Baylor loses by season’s end.

  • mgbode

    if Baylor beats OkieState, then Texas isn’t beating them. they might run for 700yds vs. the Longhorns.

    it’ll be close, but I think the Buckeyes will still have the advantage if Sparty rolls to 11-1. we’ll have the final view with the voters playing a team that would be in the top10 by that point (#13 presently) and a well-respected defense.

    not that it matters unless Bama loses to Auburn or whoever wins the SEC-E.

    or FSU loses to Florida or Duke (or whoever wins the coastal).

  • BenRM

    Yeah – I think that FSU and ‘Bama are destined to meet as well. So a lot of this handwringing is for naught.

    At least OSU v. Stanford or Oregon should be a pretty good game!

  • Garry_Owen

    There’s a narrative that is being advanced. There’s nothing that we can do about it. It doesn’t matter how well the Buckeyes actually play, if there is any reason at all for talking heads to question their performance, that reason becomes the reason that the Buckeyes don’t deserve to be ranked high.
    In the end, though, it just doesn’t matter. Unless Alabama or FSU lose (and neither of them are going to lose), it simply doesn’t matter whether we end up #3, #4, #5, #6, etc. We’re going to the Rose Bowl (assuming we beat Sparty, and TSUN, I guess), and will beat whatever other team shows up.

  • Garry_Owen

    Right. It completely doesn’t matter – not this year, anyway. Whether #3, #4, #5, who cares?
    I started to get fired up watching the BCS Countdown show last night (I am so sick of the false narrative about OSU), but then found great peace when I realized that it simply doesn’t matter. We’ll take care of business in Pasadena, anyway.

  • mgbode

    Oregon would have to lose to Arizona or Oregon State for Stanford to get another shot. Goodbye Cardinals.

    Buckeyes will likely be playing Oregon or AzState in the Rose Bowl (Stanford, UCLA or USC all ‘could’ get in but it would take alot more happening).

  • mgbode

    i’m waiting for that matchup to be against the Sun Devils just to complete the narrative. “oh, the Buckeyes beat a team that had to payoff the referees just to beat Wisconsin. big whoop,” while ignoring they would have won the conference over more touted Oregon, Stanford and USC.