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West Virginia No. 20 in first BCS standings

The first BCS standings are out, and while it is fun to look at and debate who should play in the national title game, Big East fans have little to talk about.

The highest-ranked league team in the initial BCS standings is, to no surprise, West Virginia at No. 20. The Mountaineers are 19th in both human elements -- the USA Today coaches' and the Harris poll -- but their average computer ranking is just 23. No other Big East school appears in the top 44.

West Virginia can continue to climb the standings if it keeps winning and LSU -- the only team to beat the Mountaineers -- does likewise. But unlike last year, when Cincinnati was challenging for a spot in the national title game while ending up third in the final standings, or even when Pitt was climbing into the Top 10, the BCS numbers are all but meaningless for the Big East this year. No conference team is coming anywhere near the BCS title game, and the league has no prayer of getting an at-large bid for a second team besides the regular-season champion.

So it's win the Big East or bust for all conference teams as far as BCS games go. The standings are just for pride or for debate.