Big Ten Co-Champs PSU and OSU Appear Among Top Six in Latest BCS Poll

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes moved up to No. 6 in the latest BCS poll.

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes moved up to No. 6 in the latest BCS poll.

Nov. 21, 2005

Two Big Ten teams are ranked among the top six, more than any other conference, and five programs appear among the top 25 in the sixth issue of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings which were released today. The Big Ten's total of five top 25 programs equals the ACC and SEC for the national lead.
  
Big Ten co-champion Penn State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) continues to lead the way for the conference at No. 3 overall, just one spot shy of earning a top-two ranking and a berth in the Rose Bowl, the BCS national championship game. Fellow co-champion Ohio State (9-2, 7-1) also appears near the top at sixth overall, followed by No. 17 Wisconsin (8-3, 5-3), No. 22 Michigan (7-4, 5-3) and No. 25 Northwestern (7-4, 5-3)
 
The Nittany Lions rose one spot to No. 3 overall after picking up a road win at Michigan State (5-6, 2-6) to collect a share of their second Big Ten title since joining the league in 1993 and secure the conference's automatic BCS berth (based on a regular-season victory over OSU). The Buckeyes also moved up one position to No. 6 in the BCS poll after knocking off the Wolverines in Ann Arbor to clinch a share of their 30th Big Ten championship. Wisconsin, which had a bye last weekend and wraps up the regular season at Hawaii on Friday, jumped three spots to 17th in the latest BCS poll. Michigan and Northwestern round out the league's ranked teams at 22nd and 25th, 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's automatic BCS qualifier will play in the Fiesta, Orange or Sugar Bowl.

NOV. 21 BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES RANKINGS

Rank

Team

Harris

Rank

% of

Votes

USA

Today

Rank

% of

Votes

Computer

Rank

% of

Votes

BCS

Avg.

Prev.

Rank

1.

Southern California

1

0.9912

1

0.9910

2

0.960

0.9807

1

2.

Texas

2

0.9688

2

0.9684

1

1.000

0.9791

2

3.

Penn State

4

0.8828

4

0.8671

3

0.920

0.8900

4

4.

LSU

3

0.8988

3

0.9129

8

0.700

0.8372

5

5.

Virginia Tech

6

0.7943

5

0.8239

4

0.870

0.8294

6

6.

Ohio State

7

0.7688

7

0.7335

5

0.850

0.7841

7

7.

Oregon

8

0.7009

8

0.7110

6

0.790

0.7340

10

8.

Notre Dame

5

0.7979

6

0.7645

12

0.510

0.6908

9

9.

Miami (Fla.)

10

0.6368

10

0.6387

7

0.740

0.6718

3

10.

Auburn

9

0.6885

9

0.6613

10

0.550

0.6333

13

11.

West Virginia

13

0.5055

12

0.5684

9

0.670

0.5813

12

12.

UCLA

11

0.5703

11

0.6258

11

0.540

0.5787

11

13.

TCU

15

0.4400

15

0.4542

14

0.470

0.4547

14

14.

Alabama

14

0.4754

14

0.4690

19

0.290

0.4115

8

15.

Georgia

12

0.5600

13

0.5142

23

0.150

0.4081

16

16.

Texas Tech

17

0.3572

17

0.3387

15

0.440

0.3786

19

17.

Wisconsin

23

0.1356

22

0.1406

13

0.500

0.2587

20

18.

Boston College

20

0.2294

20

0.2226

18

0.320

0.2573

24

19.

Fresno State

16

0.3720

16

0.3503

NR

0.030

0.2508

17

20.

Louisville

18

0.3214

18

0.3355

NR

0.070

0.2423

18

21.

Georgia Tech

22

 

 

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