Big Ten Has Five Teams in Latest BCS Poll

The Big Ten placed five teams among the top 25 in the fourth issue of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings which were released today, a total that equals the SEC for the most in the nation.

Penn State continues to lead the way for the conference at No. 5 overall, followed by No. 8 Ohio State, No. 16 Wisconsin, No. 21 Michigan and No. 24 Minnesota.

Big Ten leader Penn State (9-1, 6-1 in Big Ten) rose two spots to No. 5 overall after a victory over Wisconsin (8-2, 5-2), which dropped four spots to No. 16. The Nittany Lions have a bye this weekend before wrapping up the conference slate at Michigan State (5-4, 2-4) on Nov. 19. Ohio State (7-2, 5-1) also jumped two spots to No. 8 overall after defeating Illinois (2-7, 0-6) last weekend. The Buckeyes will host Northwestern (6-3, 4-2) in their home finale on Saturday with a chance to climb into a first-place tie with PSU. The Badgers wrap up Big Ten play at home against Iowa (5-4, 3-3) on Saturday before playing a final non-conference game at Hawaii on Nov. 25. Michigan (6-3, 4-2) and Minnesota (6-3, 3-3) round out the Big Ten's top 25 teams at 21st and 24th, respectively.

The BCS rankings will be announced each Monday through Nov. 28 and the final BCS poll will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 4. All teams with nine regular-season wins that rank among the top 12 in the final BCS standings are eligible for the two at-large spots in BCS bowls. The teams ranked No. 1 and 2 in the final BCS standings will meet for the national championship in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 4. If a Big Ten team is not ranked No. 1 or 2 in the final BCS poll, the conference champion (or co-champion as designated by the Big Ten tie-breaking procedures) will play in the Fiesta, Orange or Sugar Bowl.

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