Ohio State was looking for some help in the polls as they continue to ride the nation's longest current winning streak at 21 straight victories. Ranked 4th in the past couple of weeks, the Buckeyes were pretty much on the outside looking in on the BCS national championship picture. Now, following an Oregon loss, Ohio State rises to 3rd in the Harris poll, which makes up 1/3 of the BCS formula. While they still need some help in the form of Alabama or Florida State losing, the path to Pasadena for the national championship is just one step closer.
This is the first time Ohio State has been ranked in the top three since the month of October. Their remaining schedule is at Illinois, Indiana, and at arch-rival Michigan. The Big Ten championship game comes after that, where the Buckeyes will play either Michigan State or Nebraska. The only other Big Ten team that is ranked, would be the Spartans at 15th.
Alabama and Florida State remain the top two teams in the country, while Baylor moves up to the fourth and right on Ohio State's heels. Stanford rounds out the top five.
Here's the entire Harris Poll Top 25 for Week 12:
|Others Receiving Votes: Minnesota 97, Nebraska 90, Mississippi 41, Duke 28, Ball State 23, Notre Dame 18, Virginia Tech 17, USC 16, Oregon State 6, Texas Tech 6, Houston 5, Kansas State 4, Louisiana-Lafayette 1, Washington 1.|