There are now just four undefeated teams out of the power conferences with a perfect record vying for the top two spots in the BCS standings. While the Alabama Crimson Tide and Florida State Seminoles remain entrenched in those highly coveted top two spots, the Baylor Bears and Ohio State Buckeyes sit just behind jockeying for that No. 3 position. This week, Ohio State holds the advantage but the Bears are still right behind them in the BCS standings.
Last week, Baylor was ranked No. 5 in the BCS standings behind both Ohio State and the Stanford Cardinal. But the gap from the Buckeyes at No. 3 to Baylor was just .0308 points. This week, with Stanford’s loss opening up the path for Baylor, the Bears jumped to No. 4 this week just .0013 points behind Ohio State in this week’s rankings. The Bears are breathing down Ohio State’s neck this week and it’s not out of the realm of possibility to see them overtake the Buckeyes soon.
Looking ahead, Baylor appears to have the impact games remaining on their schedule to take the advantage in the BCS late in the season. Next week, Baylor travels to Stillwater to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys, currently ranked No. 10 in the BCS standings and then finishing off with the Texas Longhorns, who cracked the top 25 last week before losing to Oklahoma State this weekend and falling back out.
For Ohio State, they don’t have an opponent ranked in the top 25 on their schedule until the Big Ten title game when they are likely to square off with the No. 13 Michigan State Spartans. Until then, Ohio State has the unranked Indiana Hoosiers and Michigan Wolverines, who have fallen out of the top 25 as their offense has fallen apart down the stretch.
Both of these programs will need help from Alabama or FSU to get into the title game as neither have the resume to overcome the top two teams without one of them falling. But if either does stumble, that No. 3 position will be prime position for moving up into the BCS National Championship discussion. For now, the Buckeyes hold that prized spot but Baylor is hot in pursuit. Who will end up coming out ahead at season’s end?