Ohio State again 4th in BCS standings as movement occurs above

Ohio State, a 56-0 winner at Purdue on Saturday, remained No. 4 in the BCS standings released Sunday.

Compared to last week, the Buckeyes lost ground on the No. 3 team, which became Oregon as Florida State moved up to No. 2.

The Ducks were No. 2 a week ago and remain second in both human polls, but the Seminoles received a huge bump in the computer rankings after pounding Miami (Fla.).

Florida State moved up in all six computer rankings and is No. 1 in five of them to score the top computer average from third a week ago.

Ohio State moved up in one computer ranking and down in another while remaining at the same spot in the other four, but the Buckeyes’ computer average went down from .8800 to .8500.

Their composite BCS average of .8720 was lower this week than the .8840 of last week, and the gap between No. 3 and 4 grew from .0371 to .0715.

With Michigan dropping out, No. 24 Wisconsin is the only Ohio State opponent in the BCS top 25.

Potential Big Ten championship game opponent Michigan State, which hammered the Wolverines 29-6 Saturday, moved up five spots to No. 17.

Alabama remained No. 1 overall in the BCS standings thanks to leading both human polls. The defending national champions are second in computer average with Oregon third and Ohio State fourth.

The Crimson Tide have beaten No. 15 Texas A&M and face No. 13 LSU on Saturday with the annual rivalry game with No. 8 Auburn scheduled for Nov. 30.

Florida State has beaten No. 11 Miami and No. 7 Clemson while Oregon plays No. 5 Stanford on Thursday night.

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