No. 3 Florida State’s 41-14 statement win over No. 7 Miami may have stolen the college football headlines on Saturday, but don’t forget about Urban Meyer and Ohio State.
The Buckeyes absolutely dominated Purdue in a 56-0 drubbing on Saturday to push their record to 9-0 and 5-0 in the Big Ten. Ohio State opened up a 28-point lead in the first quarter and Braxton Miller added on to his case for Heisman Trophy by going 19-of-23 for 233 yards, four touchdowns and an interception.
With the victory, Ohio State kept pace with FSU, idle No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Oregon. Was it enough to push the Buckeyes past FSU in the BCS standings? Probably not.
Here is my complete prediction for the Week 11 BCS rankings, which are set to be released on Sunday:
Ohio State (.8840) trailed FSU (.9211) by a small margin in the Week 10 BCS rankings, meaning it would have to take a big win and FSU loss or perhaps even a close win to leapfrog the Seminoles in the BCS. While Ohio State certainly did its part, so did FSU.
The Seminoles and their .0371 lead over Ohio State in the BCS standings are probably safe after their convincing win over another Top 10 opponent. Purdue, meanwhile, is now 1-7 and 0-4 in the Big Ten. With such an unheralded opponent, voters will likely look at Ohio State’s win as an expected outcome whereas FSU’s lopsided affair against a ranked foe will only help it in the polls.
In essence, this is Ohio State’s season-long conundrum in a nutshell—a perceived weak…