The first BCS standings were released on Sunday night. Alabama is No. 1, which was no shock. It was a shock that Florida State is No. 2 over Oregon, which is No. 3. Ohio State came in at No. 4, which was not a surprise. Missouri is No. 5. The only other Big Ten teams in the standings: Michigan No. 22; Nebraska No. 24.
The big question for the Buckeyes: Can they get to No. 1 or No. 2 in the standings by the end of the season to secure a spot in the BCS title game? Even if Ohio State goes unbeaten, it may not be enough if Alabama, Florida State and/or Oregon go unbeaten. Two of those three teams will have to lose at some point, which is possible. But there is even some thought that a one-loss SEC champ could finish ahead of the Buckeyes.
No one knows for sure. Just sit tight, Ohio State fans. There is a lot of football to play.
|Rankings as of 10/20/2013|
|2||Florida State (6-0)||.9348||NR|
|4||Ohio State (7-0)||.8553||NR|
|7||Miami (FL) (6-0)||.7200||NR|
|10||Texas Tech (7-0)||.6220||NR|
|14||Virginia Tech (6-1)||.4408||NR|
|16||Texas A&M (5-2)||.3666||NR|
|17||Fresno State (6-0)||.3379||NR|
|18||Northern Illinois (7-0)||.3032||NR|
|19||Oklahoma State (5-1)||.2687||NR|
|21||South Carolina (5-2)||.2161||NR|
|25||Oregon State (6-1)||.1042||NR|
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