Coaches, Harris Polls Place Buckeyes Second

The BCS puzzle is starting to come together, and the news appears to be good for Ohio State. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 2 in the coaches' poll and Harris Poll releases this afternoon and are also getting OK returns in the computer polls before tonight's BCS release.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are now one win from Pasadena -- and it's looking more and more like that trip could be delayed a little bit.

The Buckeyes moved up to No. 2 in the coaches' poll release this afternoon behind top-ranked Florida State with 1,462 points. The 12-0 Buckeyes are well behind the unbeaten Seminoles but more importantly hold a 25-point advantage on third-ranked Auburn, which did OSU a huge favor yesterday with its stunning last-second win over previous No. 1 Alabama. OSU received three first-place votes and a majority of second-place votes, 42 to Auburn's 16.

The coaches vote is one-third of the BCS standings, which will be released tonight at 8:30, but the Buckeyes (who also placed second in the AP poll that is not part of the BCS rankings) are looking at being ranked No. 2 when those rankings come out.

That was confirmed when the Harris Poll, another one that is one-third of the BCS stew, came out Sunday with OSU ranked second. With five first-place votes to their credit, the Buckeyes received 2,488 points, 66 ahead of Auburn (three first-place votes). FSU was well ahead of both with 97 first-place votes and 2,617 points.

Michigan State, OSU's Big Ten Championship Game foe, is ranked ninth in the coaches' vote and 10th in the Harris and AP polls.

The top two teams in the BCS standings after next week will play in the last BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 6 in Pasadena, Calif., five days after the Rose Bowl.

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