Dienhart: Ohio State a double winner Saturday

Ohio State was a double winner on Saturday. First, it scored a thrilling 42-41 win over Michigan that saw the Buckeyes squelch a two-point conversion in the waning seconds that would have won the game. Next, No. 1 Alabama lost a wild 34-28 game at Auburn.

What’s it mean? OSU may be poised to move to No. 2 in the BCS standings.

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Last week, Alabama was No. 1 in the BCS standings, Florida State was No. 2 and Ohio State was No. 3. But the loss by the Crimson Tide and win by the Buckeyes figure to push OSU to No. 2.

Auburn was No. 4 in the most recent BCS standings. Most analysts don’t think a one-loss Auburn team would jump an unbeaten Ohio State in the BCS standings. But, who knows for sure. The BCS standings will be released on Sunday evening.

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The net impact of these events could push Ohio State to No. 2 in the BCS standings. That would mean a win over Michigan State in next week’s Big Ten title game would put the Buckeyes in the BCS title game for the first time since making back-to-back appearances after the 2006-07 seasons. OSU won the BCS crown after the 2002 season under Jim Tressel vs. Miami (Fla.).

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budgerfan on 11/30/2013 @ 8:03pm EDT Said:

If Auburn jumps tOSU Monday, it will be the right thing. You Buckeyes don’t deserve to be in the BCS Championship. MSU will have their way with you anyway.

SPC Hawes on 11/30/2013 @ 8:13pm EDT Said:

I honestly do not believe that MSU is going to “have their way” with OSU. Michigan couldn’t even beat ohio state right now…and that game meant everything to their season.

Cowtown Girl on 11/30/2013 @ 8:14pm EDT Said:

Tom, I think you are dreaming! As much as I would love to see TOSU in the championship game, it’s not going to happen.

JoeW on 11/30/2013 @ 8:28pm EDT Said:


Jason on 11/30/2013 @ 8:36pm EDT Said:


JoeW on 11/30/2013 @ 8:45pm EDT Said:

Meyer will vote OSU no. 1. Rest of B10 coaches should do the same. Time to end the SEC strangle hold on all benefit of doubt when it comes to polls. If there not in the title game they can’t win it. Think long term people.

shookwriter27 on 11/30/2013 @ 9:06pm EDT Said:

I think Tom is right.

Chris on 11/30/2013 @ 9:35pm EDT Said:

Im betting Auburn jumps us because of our weak schedule..and we’ll still be #3 or #4 depending on how far down they drop Alabama

Geary on 11/30/2013 @ 9:43pm EDT Said:

Apparently you didn’t see the U-M MSU game … please assume tOSU is invincible. It will make things all the more enjoyable in Indy.

Dick Stumbaugh on 11/30/2013 @ 10:09pm EDT Said:

All the wannabe football teams like the wolverines and badgers wish they could play like Ohio State. 24 in a row says it all, so suck it !

Wilson on 11/30/2013 @ 10:32pm EDT Said:

I don’t like OSU, but in the grand scheme of things they deserve a shot. I mean they have won 24 games in a row, regardless of strength of schedule that is dang impressive. Auburn has a loss anyways and was 4th, OSU shouldn’t get leap frogged. The BIG champ game is gonna be a good one, but I think OSU will pull it out.

Phil Mesa on 12/1/2013 @ 4:22am EDT Said:

if ohio wins and goes to bcs championship does msu go to the rose bowl

bigtengrad on 12/1/2013 @ 9:55am EDT Said:

Dick Stumbaugh, that was a well thought-out post that really took some thought and creativity. I would like to see OSU in the title game for the sake of possibly gaining a shred of respect for this conference. Watching ESPN and Fox last night and this morning, the attempt to push the SEC champ into the game is really cranking up.

Delmar Jones on 12/1/2013 @ 11:58am EDT Said:

It sadden me when fans let their bias get in the way of good reasoning if you’re a fan of the Big Ten. I’m a Ohio State fan and I don’t hate Mich except when when we play them, and that goes for the rest of the teams in the Big Ten. Ohio State has won 24 games in a row and if you think that it’s easy to keep young men focus every week on the job at hand is not am easy thing to do. When you Big Ten fans hate on Ohio State you hate on the Big Ten as a whole and this is fact. For the fans of the Big Ten who wouldn’t want a Big Ten team to represent the conference in the National title game, because your bias and hate of a team in the conference is sad. I am not putting Ohio State in the title game just yet they still have to beat Mich. St. next week in Indy but when and if they do the Big Ten will have a team in the National Title game and all the Big Ten will be represented. GO BUCKS

Doug on 12/1/2013 @ 12:11pm EDT Said:

Phil, if OSU beats MSU, as long as MSU remains in the top 14 of the BCS the Rose Bowl can take them, but isn’t obligated to do so, and also, if OSU wins, and isn’t in the top 2 of the BCS, the rose will take OSU and MSU might get picked for another BCS bowl.

SPARTYTIME13 on 12/1/2013 @ 2:17pm EDT Said:

It’s only 12 wins you ohio simpletons. Last years games don’t count, can’t get credit for being crooks…

    Dick Stumbaugh on 12/1/2013 @ 3:15pm EDT Said:

    Another Ohio State hater. When will you idiots learn. Michigan State WILL go down next week. Some day you will wake up and smell the roses. Your team isn’t as good as OSU, so by bashing them you feel better.