Penn State and Ohio State Remain Among Top Six in Latest BCS Poll

Head coach Joe Paterno and Penn State held steady at No. 3 in the latest BCS poll.

Head coach Joe Paterno and Penn State held steady at No. 3 in the latest BCS poll.

Nov. 28, 2005

For the second week in a row, two Big Ten teams are ranked sixth or higher and five programs appear among the top 25 in the seventh issue of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings which were released today. The Big Ten, which is the only conference with two of the top six, joins the SEC as the only leagues with five programs among the BCS top 25.
 
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. 18 Wisconsin (9-3, 5-3), No. 19 Michigan (7-4, 5-3) and No. 22 Northwestern (7-4, 5-3). With the Badgers win at Hawaii last Friday, Big Ten teams have now completed their regular season schedules with seven programs qualifying for postseason bowls.
 
The final BCS rankings will be announced next 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.

NOVEMBER 28 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

0.9947

1

0.9935

2

0.970

0.9861

1

2.

Texas

2

0.9653

2

0.9658

1

0.990

0.9737

2

3.

Penn State

3

0.8938

4

0.8832

3

0.920

0.8990

3

4.

LSU

4

0.8850

3

0.9013

7

0.760

0.8487

4

5.

Virginia Tech

5

0.8188

5

0.8323

5

0.850

0.8337

5

6.

Ohio State

6

0.7717

6

0.7497

4

0.870

0.7971

6

7.

Oregon

8

0.7189

8

0.7271

6

0.790

0.7453

7

8.

Notre Dame

7

0.7692

7

0.7439

10

0.570

0.6944

8

9.

Miami (Fla.)

10

0.6340

10

0.6387

8

0.710

0.6609

9

10.

Auburn

9

0.6888

9

0.6768

11

0.550

0.6385

10

11.

West Virginia

13

0.5444

12

0.5697

9

0.630

0.5814

11

12.

UCLA

11

0.5795

11

0.6103

12

0.500

0.5633

12

13.

Georgia

12

0.5667

13

0.5335

13

0.490

0.5301

15

14.

TCU

15

0.4538

15

0.4548

14

0.470

0.4595

13

15.

Alabama

14

0.4740

14

0.4716

T-16

0.400

0.4485

14

16.

Texas Tech

16

0.3802

16

0.3903

15

0.460

0.4102

16

17.

Florida

18

0.3296

18

0.3265

T-20

0.200

0.2853

23

18.

Wisconsin

20

0.2276

20

0.2368

18

0.390

0.2848

17

19.

Michigan

21

0.1844

21

0.1613

T-16

0.400

0.2486

22

20.

Boston College

19

0.2719

19

0.2813

T-22

0.190

0.2477

18

21.

Louisville

17

0.3483

17

0.3432

NR

0.010

0.2338

20

22.

Northwestern

30

0.0135

31

0.0142

19

0.270

0.0992

25

23.

Oklahoma

26

0.0365

26

0.0394

T-20

0.200

0.0919

NR

24.

Georgia Tech

24

0.0903

24

0.0516

25

0.090

0.0773

21

25.

Fresno State

22

0.1034

22

0.1200

NR

0.000

0.0745

19


 

 

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