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Sunday, November 30, 2008
Big Ten and the BCS: No major changes

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

The Big Ten regular season wrapped up last week, so neither Penn State nor Ohio State had a chance to improve in the BCS Standings. Not surprisingly, both teams didn't budge when the latest standings came out this afternoon. 

As I've written many times before, it's a crime that Penn State remains No. 8 in the BCS standings, behind both Utah and Texas Tech. The Lions are ranked ahead of the Utes and the Red Raiders in the human polls, but they're a good distance behind No. 5 USC.

Add in a terrible computer average (No. 9), Penn State slips down the BCS standings despite a very impressive regular season. The BCS standing doesn't really matter, as Penn State no longer remains in the national title hunt and can validate its season by beating USC in the Rose Bowl. 

Ohio State held at No. 10, behind BCS at-large competitor Boise State (No. 9). But the Buckeyes likely will get the nod over the Broncos for the final at-large spot after Oregon State stumbled Saturday night against Oregon. Ohio State isn't too popular with the computers, either (No. 11). 

Michigan State dropped two spots to No. 21, and Northwestern moved up two spots to No. 22 despite not being ranked in the computer average. How does that happen?