The inaugural 2013 BCS standings were released Sunday evening, and despite winning a nation-leading 19 consecutive games, the Ohio State Buckeyes opened at No. 4 behind Alabama, Florida State and Oregon.
That means going undefeated won’t be enough for Urban Meyer to get his Buckeyes into the national title game—Ohio State will need a lot of help along the way.
The Buckeyes need two of the teams ranked ahead of them to lose, while they’ll need a number of Big Ten squads to step up.
Which teams should Ohio State fans be rooting for to increase the Buckeyes’ chances of earning a bid to the national championship?
Here’s a look at four teams that could help Ohio State down the stretch.
There was a time earlier this season when some were bracing themselves for another undefeated showdown between Alabama and LSU this November.
The Crimson Tide are still unbeaten, but the Tigers have dropped two games on the road to Georgia and Ole Miss.
Despite its blemishes, LSU will still challenge Alabama. The Tigers will have a bye week before their matchup with the Tide, and quarterback Zach Mettenberger has the tools—and the weapons on offense—to give Alabama all it can handle.
Florida State looked dominant in its 51-14 thrashing of Clemson, a performance that vaulted the Seminoles above the Buckeyes in the rankings.
Florida State is rolling, beating its opponents by an average of 40 points per game so far this year.
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