- Chris Low, ESPN Senior Staff Writer
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We still have to wait three weeks before we see Alabama and LSU clash on the football field.
But it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they kick off the first BCS standings this season staring at each other at the very top. The Tigers are No. 1 and the Crimson Tide are No. 2.
What that means is that the winner on Nov. 5 in Tuscaloosa is headed for the Allstate BCS National Championship Game, provided that team takes care of business the rest of the way, including winning the SEC championship game.
An unbeaten Alabama or LSU isn’t going to need any help from anybody else, even if Oklahoma -- No. 3 in the first BCS standings -- remains unbeaten.
Essentially, it’s win and you’re in.
The drama comes if LSU beats Alabama, and then a one-loss Arkansas turns around and beats LSU in the regular-season finale. The Hogs are No. 9 in this first installment of the BCS standings.
In that scenario, with all three teams losing only to each other, the team ranked the highest in the BCS standings at the end of the regular season would be the one to go to the SEC championship game, and a one-loss SEC champion would probably need help then to work its way back into the top two of the final BCS standings.
It’s difficult to imagine everybody else out there -- Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Stanford, Boise State, Oklahoma State and Clemson -- all losing.
But that’s probably what a one-loss SEC champion would need.
The most surprising thing about these first BCS standings was Oklahoma State being No. 1 in the ranking of the six computer polls. The computers had Alabama No. 2 and LSU No. 3.
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