Penn State remains No. 3 in BCS standings

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Despite No. 1 Texas' loss to Texas Tech, Penn State remained No. 3 in the latest BCS standings after a bye week.

Texas Tech leapfrogged the Nittany Lions into the No. 2 spot thanks to a computer average that ties the Red Raiders with No. 1, Alabama. Penn State is ranked No. 2 in both the Coaches' Poll and the Harris Poll, but its computer average of No. 4 prevented a climb.

Fortunately for the Lions, there's a sizable gap in the standings between the three unbeaten teams and those with one loss (No. 4 Texas, No. 5 Florida, No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 7 USC). So if Penn State sweeps its remaining three games, it likely will reach the BCS title game as long as either Alabama or Texas Tech loses once. Of the three unbeaten BCS-conference teams, Penn State has the easiest path to an unbeaten season, so it's still in good shape.

Ohio State moved up to No. 11 in the BCS standings after a bye week. Michigan State jumped three spots to No. 18 after its win against Wisconsin, and Northwestern re-entered the BCS standings at No. 24 after a road upset of Minnesota.