Bracketology: Ohio State, Baylor continue free fall

It wasn't long ago that Ohio State Buckeyes was in the top five.  Now, the Buckeyes have five losses in their last six games and have dropped all the way to an 11-seed in the bracket and are very clearly on the bubble.  Ohio State has eight RPI top 100 wins, but none against an at-large quality team.  Two of those five losses came at Nebraska Cornhuskers and, most recently, at home to Penn State Nittany Lions .  Ugh.  And the hits could keep on coming.  The Buckeyes will spend this week at Wisconsin Badgers (speaking of sliding) and Iowa Hawkeyes .

Baylor Bears also isn't that far removed from a top 10 ranking either, but the Bears have lost five straight and six of seven and now find themselves projected in a play-in game in Dayton.  That's not the worst news.  In the next eight days, they will play at Oklahoma State Cowboys State" data-canon="Oklahoma Sooners" data-type="SPORTS_OBJECT_TEAM" id="shortcode0">, at home against surging Kansas Jayhawks , and then at Oklahoma.  That's not exactly a tourniquet for their wounds.

We will begin February with three undefeated teams for the first time since 1976.  The last team to finish the regular season without a loss was UNLV in 1991.  Here is a quick look at the biggest roadblocks remaining for each team.

Arizona Wildcats : at Cal (Saturday), at Arizona State Sun Devils (Feb. 14), at Oregon Ducks (Mar. 8)

Syracuse Orange : Duke Blue Devils home (Saturday) and road (Feb. 22), at Virginia Cavaliers (Mar. 1)

Wichita State Shockers : at Indiana State (Wednesday), Missouri State (Mar. 1), Arch Madness (it has that name for a reason).

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Jerry Palm started writing about sports on the Internet right after Al Gore invented it. He was the first to bring RPI out in the open and is one of the pioneers of predicting the March Madness bracket.... Full Bio

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