Big Ten Leads All Leagues with Six Programs in Second BCS Poll

Brett Basanez and Northwestern broke into the BCS Top 25 for the first time this week at No. 21 overall.

Brett Basanez and Northwestern broke into the BCS Top 25 for the first time this week at No. 21 overall.

Oct. 24, 2005

The Big Ten placed six teams among the top 25 in the second issue of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings which were released today, the highest total of any conference followed by the SEC (5), ACC (4) and Pac-10 (4). Penn State continues to lead the way for the conference at No. 9 overall, followed by No. 12 Wisconsin, No. 13 Ohio State, No. 20 Minnesota, No. 21 Northwestern and No. 25 Michigan.
  
The Nittany Lions (7-1, 4-1 in Big Ten) rose one spot to No. 9 overall after a road victory at Illinois (2-5, 0-4) and return home to face Purdue (2-5, 0-4) this weekend at Beaver Stadium. The Badgers (7-1, 4-1) and Buckeyes (5-2, 3-1) also appear among the top 15 in the BCS rankings. Wisconsin climbed two spots to No. 12 overall after defeating the Boilermakers last weekend and will take on the Fighting Illini on the road this Saturday. Ohio State, which earned a road triumph at Indiana (4-3, 1-3) last weekend, also jumped two spots to appear next on the poll at No. 13 and will face another road test at Minnesota (5-2, 2-2) on Saturday. The Gophers had a bye last weekend and moved up two spots to 20th overall. The Wildcats (5-2, 3-1) and Wolverines (5-3, 3-2) both make their first appearances in the BCS rankings this week at 21st and 25th, respectively, and will square off on Saturday in Evanston.

The BCS rankings will be announced each Monday through Nov. 28 and the final BCS poll will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 4. The teams ranked No. 1 and 2 in the final BCS standings will meet for the national championship in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 4. If a Big Ten team is not ranked No. 1 or 2 in the final BCS poll, the conference champion (or co-champion as designated by the Big Ten tie-breaking procedures) will play in the Fiesta, Orange or Sugar Bowl.

OCTOBER 24 BCS RANKINGS

Rank

Team

Harris

Rank

% of

Votes

USA Today Rank

% of

Votes

Computer

Rank

% of

Votes

BCS

Avg.

Prev.

Rank

1.

Texas

2

0.9657

2

0.9632

1

1.000

0.9763

2

2.

Southern California

1

0.9933

1

0.9935

2

0.940

0.9756

1

3.

Virginia Tech

3

0.9179

3

0.9213

3

0.910

0.9164

3

4.

Georgia

4

0.8683

4

0.8755

5

0.860

0.8679

4

5.

Alabama

5

0.8301

5

0.8239

4

0.900

0.8513

5

6.

UCLA

7

0.7423

8

0.7329

7

0.740

0.7384

9

7.

Miami (Fla.)

6

0.7731

6

0.7910

T-11

0.570

0.7114

8

8.

LSU

8

0.7384

7

0.7510

10

0.630

0.7065

6

9.

Penn State

11

0.6064

12

0.5387

6

0.790

0.6450

10

10.

Florida State

9

0.6535

9

0.6471

15

0.420

0.5735

11

11.

Oregon

14

0.4669

14

0.4594

9

0.680

0.5354

13

12.

Wisconsin

15

0.4241

15

0.4368

8

0.720

0.5269

14

13.

Ohio State

13

0.5158

13

0.5181

T-13

0.500

0.5113

15

14.

Boston College

12

0.5288

11

0.5613

16

0.400

0.4967

12

15.

Notre Dame

10

0.6304

10

0.6026

23

0.140

0.4577

16

16.

Texas Tech

16

0.3777

16

0.3890

T-13

0.500

0.4222

7

17.

West Virginia

18

0.3009

17

0.3477

T-11

0.570

0.4062

17

18.

TCU

20

0.2549

20

0.2471

17

0.380

0.2940

21

19.

Florida

17

0.3143

18

0.3310

22

0.160

0.2684

20

20.

Minnesota

23

0.0966

22

0.1219

18

0.360

0.1929

22

21.

Northwestern

22

0.1320

23

0.1155

19

0.330

0.1925

NR

22.

Auburn

19

0.2789

19

0.2755

NR

0.000

0.1848

18

23.

California

21

0.1965

21

0.1781

NR

0.000

0.1248

25

24.

Colorado

28

0.0411

28

0.0290

20

0.250

0.1067

NR

25.

Michigan

27

0.0563

27

0.0381

21

0.190

0.0948

NR



 

 

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