Badgers maintain BCS edge on Buckeyes

Nebraska's loss to Texas A&M allowed Ohio State to move one spot closer to Wisconsin in the latest BCS standings.

But in the place where it really matters -- BCS average -- the Buckeyes didn't make up much ground.

Wisconsin held steady at No. 7 in the BCS standings, one spot ahead of No. 8 Ohio State. The Badgers lead Ohio State in BCS average by .054 after holding an edge of .0584 last week. Ohio State's road game at Iowa marked the Buckeyes' best chance to close the gap on Wisconsin. If both teams take care of business this week, I'd be surprised to see the Big Ten's BCS order change.

Why does this matter? If Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State all win this week to tie atop the Big Ten standings, the highest-rated team in the final BCS standings will receive the league's automatic berth.

The Spartans, by the way, moved up two spots to No. 10 in the latest BCS standings.

The human polls continue to help Wisconsin, which is ranked No. 5 in both the Harris and the Coaches' polls. Ohio State surprisingly dropped a spot to No. 8 in the Harris Poll this week while holding steady at No. 7 in the Coaches'. The BCS computers are split on Wisconsin and Ohio State, as three rank the Badgers higher and three rank the Buckeyes higher. Wisconsin has an average computer rank of No. 8, one spot ahead of Ohio State (No. 9).

Michigan State's computer profile took a hit this week as the Spartans' average dropped from No. 10 to No. 12. The Spartans moved up to No. 10 in both human polls.

Not to get off on too much of a tangent, but how is No. 5 LSU rated ahead of Wisconsin? The computers continue to drool over Lucky Les and his Tigers, who have an average computer rank of No. 4. At least the human voters see the light.

Iowa dropped four spots to No. 24 in the latest BCS standings.