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BCS Rankings: Week 13 Standings - Ohio State Primed For BCS Bowl Appearance

One big test remains for the Ohio State Buckeyes this season before the waiting game begins.  Based on the latest BCS rankings that were released last night, Ohio State looks to be in great shape in the BCS rankings should they beat Michigan at the 'Shoe on Saturday.   Ohio State moved up one spot to No. 8 in this week's rankings, which saw the top 7 spots remain unchanged for a record third straight week.  We'll get into where the Buckeyes could land a bit later today, but if you enjoy New Orleans in early January, you may want to make your plans now.

Of course, there is still work to be done.  Wisconsin, No. 7 in the BCS rankings, has Northwestern this weekend with a shot to win the Big Ten outright.  Ohio State has Michigan, of course, in another installment of the biggest rivalry in college football.  The Wolverines have been up and down all season and their defense is in complete disarray.  If Terrelle Pryor and the Buckeyes offense was going to put up an impressive showing, this would be the weekend to do it.

At the top, the scenario it pretty simple.  Oregon and Auburn remain No. 1 and No. 2.  Oregon faces Arizona this Friday in their final game of the season.  Auburn has a bit tougher road to a championship game.  It faces Alabama on Friday before facing South Carolina in the SEC Championship Game.  'Bama would like nothing more than to end their in-state rival's championship dreams.

Waiting in the wings are TCU (No. 3) and Boise State (No. 4).  While TCU remained at No. 3 this week, Boise State will certainly jump over them should it beat Nevada on Friday night.  Ranked No. 19, Nevada would provide Boise State an additional quality win, and would likely be enough to put Boise State into a championship game should Oregon or Auburn slip.

The complete rankings are below:

 

  1. Oregon
  2. Auburn
  3. TCU
  4. Boise State
  5. LSU
  6. Stanford
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Ohio State
  9. Oklahoma State
  10. Michigan State
  11. Alabama
  12. Arkansas
  13. Oklahoma
  14. Missouri
  15. Nebraska
  16. Virginia Tech
  17. Texas A&M
  18. South Carolina
  19. Nevada
  20. Utah
  21. Arizona
  22. Florida State
  23. North Carolina State
  24. Iowa
  25. Mississippi State

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