Miami finally moved atop the Bowl Championship Series standings — by the slimmest of margins.
The defending national champion Hurricanes squeaked past Ohio State, which needed overtime to beat Illinois 23-16 Saturday, in the latest standings released Monday. They edged the Buckeyes by 0.01 points, and the top two BCS teams have never been closer.
Miami, No. 1 in the AP media and coaches’ polls, has 3.69 points to top the standings for the first time this season, while Ohio State has 3.70 points. Washington State is third with 9.11 points.
The tight margin will be meaningless if Ohio State (12-0) and Miami (9-0) — the only unbeaten teams remaining — win the rest of their games. The top two teams in the final BCS standings released Dec. 8 will play in the national title game at the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., on Jan. 3.
“The BCS really hasn’t entered my mind,” Miami coach Larry Coker said. “I don’t think it’s entered the minds of our players much. It’s one of those things that’s totally out of our control.”