When the first edition of the BCS Standings for the 2013 season was released on Sunday night, there were several undefeated teams still in the running for the top two slots. Defending national champion Alabama was entrenched at No. 1, while Florida State, coming off a blowout win over Clemson, jumped Oregon and sat at No. 2.
Oregon comes in at No. 3, but none of those three schools boast a winning streak longer than No. 4 Ohio State. In all likelihood, had coach Urban Meyer’s squad been eligible for the postseason a year ago, his 12-0 Buckeyes would have been playing in the national title game against Notre Dame in the place of one-loss Alabama.
That got us thinking: With its winning streak now at a national-best 19 games, does Ohio State have a legitimate claim to one of the top two spots?
Should the Buckeyes win out against the remainder of their Big Ten schedule, would they then have a claim? Generally speaking, any “power conference” school that manages an undefeated record is at least given consideration, but are the Buckeyes deserving?
It looked like both the Wisconsin and Northwestern wins would boost their resume. While the Badgers have bounced back with three straight wins, the Wildcats recently lost to Minnesota and are currently searching for answers. OSU must host an inconsistent Penn State squad and then win three perceived gimme games before traveling to Michigan to round out the regular season.
Remember, there is also a potential conference title game to help bolster the Buckeyes’ resume. What do you think? Are there enough quality wins here to make the leap over FSU, Oregon or even Alabama? Or will they need help in the form of another undefeated going down in order to earn their shot at the final crystal football before we move to a College Football Playoff beginning next season?
If you had a vote, how would you settle this?