OKLAHOMA IS NO. 1 IN INITIAL BCS STANDINGS park
OKLAHOMA IS NO. 1 IN INITIAL BCS STANDINGS
SEC Has Three Teams in Top Eight
The University of Oklahoma is a bit of a surprise No. 1 team in the initial BCS Standings for 2010. Most projections had Boise State at the top of the initial rankings, but the Sooners' perfect record as well as a convincing victory against nationally-ranked Florida State (No. 17) lifted them to the top spot. The University of Oregon, which is No. 1 in the AP and Coaches' Polls, is No. 2, while Boise State University is No. 3. Prior to these standings, there had never been a school from a non-automatic qualifying team in the top three of the standings. The top two teams in the final BCS standings play for the BCS National Championship in Pasadena this year.
The Southeastern Conference was at risk of not having a team in the top five of the standings for the first time since the end of 2005. However, Auburn checks in at No. 4, while LSU is No. 6 and Alabama is No. 8.
TCU, another team from a non-automatic qualifying conference is No. 5 and Big Ten leader Michigan State is rated No. 7, No. 9 Utah and No. 10 Ohio State round out the top 10.
Overall, the SEC has six teams in the Top 25, while the Big 12 also six teams in the initial rankings. Four Big Ten teams are ranked and three Pac-10 squads make the list.
October 17, 2010
Sugar Bowl Bowl Projections
ESPN (Schlabach): Alabama vs. Iowa (Iowa replaces Oklahoma)
ESPN (Adelson): Alabama vs. TCU (no changes)
CBS Sports: Alabama vs. Michigan State (Michigan state replaces Oklahoma)
College Football News: Alabama vs. Utah (Utah replaces TCU)
SI.com (Mandel): Alabama vs. Nebraska (updates on Mondau)
AOL Fanhouse (McMurphy): LSU vs. Iowa (updated on Monday)