Week 9 of the college football season has been played and as far as the BCS standings go for the Big Ten, the games resulted in one team staying put, one team moving up a tad, one team dropping out and two teams getting in.
The top Big Ten team in the newest BCS standings is still the Ohio State Buckeyes at no. 4. A win this week at Purdue will most likely keep them in that spot, but will do nothing to help them move up. The only way the Buckeyes could ascend in the standings would be for one of the three teams ahead of them to lose. Ohio State fans should be rooting for Miami this Saturday, as they play No. 3 Florida State in Tallahassee. No. 1 Alabama and No 2. Oregon are both idle this week.
The next teams listed in the BCS standings from the Big Ten are Michigan at no. 21 and Michigan State at no. 22. From last week, the Wolverines moved up one spot and the Spartans were previously unlisted in the standings.
Michigan and Michigan State play each other in East Lansing on Saturday, so the loser will likely drop out of the BCS standings altogether. The winner will have an opportunity to move up, as there are some matchups between teams that are currently ahead of them in the standings.
The final team listed in the current BCS standings from the Big Ten is Wisconsin at no. 24. The Badgers travel to Iowa City this weekend to take on the Hawkeyes. A win there probably won’t do much to improve the Badgers’ standing. However, Wisconsin can benefit from losses by teams ahead of them.
Nebraska, ranked 24th last week, dropped out because of its loss to Minnesota. Winning this week’s home game against Northwestern probably won’t provide enough of a strength of schedule boost to get the Cornhuskers back into the polls. Week Ten in college football begins tonight, and there’s a good chance that come Sunday night, the Big Ten could have three teams in the top 20 of the BCS standings.
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