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Sunday, December 2, 2012
Polls: Buckeyes No. 3, Wildcats on rise

By Brian Bennett

Any chance Nebraska had of earning an at-large BCS bid are dashed now.

The Huskers tumbled to No. 21 in the USA Today coaches' poll after their embarrassing 70-31 loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game on Saturday. And while the Harris Poll will come out later, there's no way Nebraska will finish in the top 14 to qualify for an at-large spot.

Ohio State won't win an Associated Press national title, but the Buckeyes are up to No. 3 in the AP poll this week after Georgia's loss to Alabama. The winner of the BCS title game between Notre Dame and Alabama will finish No. 1, but maybe if it is a particularly ugly game Ohio State can steal a few first-place votes. The possibility of a No. 2 finish is very real.

The big winner this week, despite not playing, was Northwestern. The Wildcats moved up three spots to No. 17 in the coaches' poll, making them the highest-ranked Big Ten team in that poll (Ohio State is ineligible). Northwestern also climbed a spot to No. 21 in the AP poll. Wisconsin checked back into the coaches' poll at No. 23 but is only 28th in the AP rankings.

How the Big Ten stacks up:

AP

3. Ohio State
19. Michigan
21. Northwestern
23. Nebraska

Penn State is 26th, while Wisconsin is 28th.

Coaches

17. Northwestern
21. Nebraska
22. Michigan
23. Wisconsin