BCS standings include four Big Ten teams


Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

The rest of the country doesn't think much of the Big Ten, but the BCS computers seem to like the league.

Four Big Ten teams appear in this week's BCS standings, led by Penn State at No. 3. Ohio State dropped three spots to No. 12 after Saturday's loss to Penn State, but the Buckeyes are tied for 10th in computer average. Still, Ohio State can officially be cropped from the national title picture.

The surprising Minnesota Golden Gophers rose to No. 17 this week, boosted by a computer ranking that ties for 15th with Ball State. And Michigan State is back in the BCS standings at No. 21. With a computer average that ranks 19th, the Spartans should continue to rise if they beat Wisconsin this week.

Because of the computer averages, Ohio State, Minnesota and Michigan State all rank higher in the BCS standings than in the human polls.