Big Ten Tied for Conference Lead with Five Teams in BCS Poll

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes are ranked No. 8 in the latest BCS poll.

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes are ranked No. 8 in the latest BCS poll.

Nov. 7, 2005

The Big Ten placed five teams among the top 25 in the fourth issue of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings which were released today, a total that equals the SEC for the most in the nation. Penn State continues to lead the way for the conference at No. 5 overall, followed by No. 8 Ohio State, No. 16 Wisconsin, No. 21 Michigan and No. 24 Minnesota.
 
Big Ten leader Penn State (9-1, 6-1 in Big Ten) rose two spots to No. 5 overall after a victory over Wisconsin (8-2, 5-2), which dropped four spots to No. 16. The Nittany Lions have a bye this weekend before wrapping up the conference slate at Michigan State (5-4, 2-4) on Nov. 19. Ohio State (7-2, 5-1) also jumped two spots to No. 8 overall after defeating Illinois (2-7, 0-6) last weekend. The Buckeyes will host Northwestern (6-3, 4-2) in their home finale on Saturday with a chance to climb into a first-place tie with PSU. The Badgers wrap up Big Ten play at home against Iowa (5-4, 3-3) on Saturday before playing a final non-conference game at Hawaii on Nov. 25. Michigan (6-3, 4-2) and Minnesota (6-3, 3-3) round out the Big Ten's top 25 teams at 21st and 24th, respectively.
  
The BCS rankings will be announced each Monday through Nov. 28 and the final BCS poll will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 4. All teams with nine regular-season wins that rank among the top 12 in the final BCS standings are eligible for the two at-large spots in BCS bowls. 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.

NOVEMBER 7 BCS RANKINGS

Rank

Team

Harris

Rank

% of

Votes

USA

Today

Rank

% of

Votes

Computer

Rank

% of

Votes

BCS

Avg.

Prev.

Rank

1.

Southern California

1

0.9943

1

0.9961

2

0.950

0.9802

1

2.

Texas

2

0.9657

2

0.9639

1

1.000

0.9765

2

3.

Alabama

4

0.8924

3

0.9019

T-4

0.850

0.8814

4

4.

Miami (Fla.)

3

0.8981

4

0.8935

T-4

0.850

0.8805

6

5.

Penn State

6

0.7759

6

0.7348

3

0.930

0.8136

7

6.

Virginia Tech

8

0.7119

8

0.7200

6

0.830

0.7540

3

7.

LSU

5

0.8085

5

0.8277

T-13

0.460

0.6987

8

8.

Ohio State

10

0.6488

10

0.6206

7

0.720

0.6632

10

9.

Georgia

9

0.6687

9

0.7052

12

0.520

0.6313

11

10.

Oregon

11

0.5887

11

0.5929

8

0.700

0.6272

13

11.

Notre Dame

7

0.7543

7

0.7252

18

0.340

0.6065

14

12.

Texas Tech

12

0.5069

13

0.4806

10

0.640

0.5425

15

13.

Florida

13

0.4758

12

0.4865

17

0.390

0.4507

16

14.

West Virginia

17

0.3972

15

0.4581

T-13

0.460

0.4384

17

15.

UCLA

14

0.4694

14

0.4800

T-19

0.280

0.4098

5

16.

Wisconsin

19

0.2407

19

0.2484

9

0.690

0.3930

12

17.

TCU

18

0.3388

18

0.3168

15

0.440

0.3652

18

18.

Colorado

22

0.2035

21

0.1948

11

0.550

0.3161

22

19.

Florida State

16

0.4074

16

0.4303

24

0.090

0.3093

9

20.

Auburn

15

0.4404

17

0.3994

NR

0.000

0.2799

20

21.

Michigan

21

0.2060

22

0.1774

16

0.410

0.2645

21

22.

Fresno State

20

0.2103

20

0.2323

NR

0.000

0.1475

24

23.

Georgia Tech

24

0.0719

24

0.0755

22

0.210

0.1191

NR

24.

Minnesota

29

0.0127

31

0.0110

T-19

0.280

0.1012

NR

25.

Louisville

23

0.1324

23

0.1561

NR

0.010

0.0995

NR


 

 

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