From the outside looking in, not much changed for Ohio State as the second BCS Standings were revealed on Sunday night—after all, the Buckeyes are No. 4, just like last week.
A look inside the rankings reveals a different story for Ohio State though, and it’s good news if you are an Ohio State fan.
Not only did Ohio State make a jump in its own BCS average, it also closed the gap on the No. 3 spot as well.
Despite staying in the No. 4 spot in the standings, Ohio State’s BCS average went from .8553 to .8840.
That may not seem significant to the naked eye, but in the world of the BCS, where thousandths of points can mean the difference between the national title and a regular BCS Bowl, a jump like that is meaningful.
It wasn’t the only jump that mattered either, as Ohio State also closed the gap on the third spot as well.
Last week the Buckeyes sat .0767 points behind No. 3 Oregon, but this week OSU stands just .037 behind No. 3 Florida State. That’s a jump of .0397 in just a week.
One could be tempted to see a path to higher rankings for Ohio State based on the results of this week’s BCS standings.
However, this jump could be temporary in nature, and is likely based on what happened to everyone else around Ohio State this past weekend.
Inside the BCS formula, it was the computers that actually helped Ohio State out in closing the gap, as they made a 9 percent jump from the first standings to this week (.790 to .880) in the…