After defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes 34-24 and pushing the nation’s longest winning streak to 19, the Ohio State Buckeyes come in at No. 4 in the initial BCS rankings.
Despite holding the nation’s longest winning streak by a wide margin (Alabama is second with 11 consecutive victories), Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes are looking up at a number of other contenders in the BCS poll.
Why are the Buckeyes on the outside looking in? What will it take for Ohio State to gain some ground?
Let’s take a look at where the Buckeyes stand and what lies ahead of them on their road to the BCS.
Where Ohio State Stands
The AP, coaches and BCS polls all have Ohio State ranked No. 4 behind Alabama, Florida State and Oregon.
Ohio State’s strength of schedule is clearly impacting its ranking. The Buckeyes have the easiest slate among the top four teams, and while Oregon is close (No. 68), the Ducks have been winning games in dominant fashion, while Ohio State is just getting by mediocre competition.
Biggest Obstacles to a BCS Berth
Ohio State will undoubtedly need to go undefeated for a shot at the BCS title game, and fortunately, that’s the case for each of the top four teams.
That’s fortunate because Ohio State has the easiest slate. The Buckeyes only have two teams on their remaining schedule that currently boast winning records.
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