Spartans debut at No. 7 in BCS standings

October, 17, 2010
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The first BCS standings are out, and the Big Ten's only undefeated team is looking up at six teams.

Michigan State debuts as No. 7 in the standings -- the highest BCS rank in team history -- after recording its first 7-0 start since 1966 . Although the Spartans clearly need some help to climb higher, they have some hope because of the computers.

While Michigan State ranks No. 8 in both the Coaches' and Harris polls, it ranks No. 4 in computer average. Five of the six computer ratings list the Spartans at No. 3 or No. 4, while Richard Billingsley, who carries over rankings from the previous season, has Michigan State at No. 12.

Although the Spartans are a bit behind the top six in BCS average, they will move up if they keep winning. Either LSU or Auburn will lose this week, and the last few weeks have shown us everyone is vulnerable. Michigan State has two big road games coming up, and the Spartans should be rooting for teams like Notre Dame and Michigan to win down the stretch.

Ohio State is No. 10 in the BCS standings. The Buckeyes' biggest obstacle is their computer rank (14). Wisconsin comes in at No. 13 but also seems to be fighting the computers as well (average rank: 16).

Iowa debuts at No. 15 in the BCS standings, although the Hawkeyes have many more chances to improve their profile down the stretch.

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