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Big Ten in the BCS: Iowa stays at No. 4

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

The Iowa Hawkeyes held steady at No. 4 in the latest BCS standings, though they have a new team on their heels.

Iowa maintained a decent edge over Cincinnati for the fourth spot, but the Bearcats are ranked two spots higher in the Harris Poll and improved to fifth in the computer rankings. The Hawkeyes are now No. 2 in the computer average, not far behind Florida. Cincinnati's innovative offense and lopsided wins certainly impress the human voters, but Iowa's ability to dominate the fourth quarter and find ways to win shouldn't be discounted.

Both the Hawkeyes and the Bearcats need some help to reach the BCS title game even it they go undefeated, but it will be interesting to see if Iowa can hold off Cincinnati in the standings.

Penn State moved up one spot to No. 11 in the standings, while Ohio State also jumped a spot to No. 16. Wisconsin reentered the BCS standings following its impressive 37-0 shutout against Purdue. The Badgers check in at No. 19.

Both Iowa and Penn State are projected to reach BCS bowl games.