Nothing new: SEC on top

LSU, Alabama 1-2 in 1st release with Sooners in position

October 17, 2011|By Chris Dufresne, Tribune Newspapers

What conference did you expect would top Sunday's first release of the Bowl Championship Series standings, the Sun Belt?

It seemed fitting the Southeastern Conference, which includes the last five national champions and seven of the 13 in BCS history, should boast this season's first BCS No. 1.

In fact, the SEC opens with the top two teams.

LSU, which won national titles in 2003 and 2007, is No. 1 with a total of .9522, followed by 2009 champion Alabama at .9519 and 2000 champ Oklahoma at .9300. Oklahoma State is fourth, Boise State fifth and Wisconsin sixth.

Ten undefeated teams remain, although half of those are involved in "knock-off" games — including all of the top four.

LSU plays Alabama on Nov. 5 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in a game that has been anticipated for months.

Kansas State, which debuted at No. 11, still has to play Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, while Oklahoma closes the season Dec. 3 at Oklahoma State.

The Sooners didn't get enough of a bump from being No. 1 in the USA Today coaches poll to pass LSU and Alabama. The other "human poll" used in the BCS formula, the Harris Interactive poll, had the top three in the same order as the BCS standings.

Oklahoma State was No.1 according to the average of the six computer rankings the BCS uses. That pushed the Cowboys up from No.6 in the coaches and Harris polls.

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