SEC rules in first BCS standings

The SEC once again sits atop the college football world after the first release of the BCS standings on Sunday night.

Alabama and Florida are 1-2 in the standings, marking the fifth time that the BCS standings have opened with the top two teams being from the same conference. It also happened in 2011 (LSU Tigers, Alabama), 2009 (Florida, Alabama), 2001 (Oklahoma, Nebraska) and 2000 (Nebraska, Oklahoma).

This is the 32nd time that a team from the SEC is No. 1 in the BCS, most from any conference. It is also the 11th consecutive week that an SEC team is at the top of the BCS standings, one shy of the longest streak in BCS history.

Defending Champions
No. 1 in 1st BCS Standing

The Crimson Tide open the season at No. 1 in the initial BCS standings for the first time and are No. 1 in BCS at any point in the season for the first time since the final BCS standings in 2009

Alabama is the fourth defending champion to open the season atop the BCS standings; only USC in 2005 made it back to the BCS National Championship game (and the Trojans 2004 title was later vacated).

Florida is in the top two in the initial BCS release for first time since 2009, when the Gators were the defending national champion. The Gators have now spent 35 weeks in the top five of the BCS standings, the fourth-most weeks all-time.

Oregon opens the season in the top three of the initial BCS standings for just the second time. They lost the BCS Championship Game in 2010 after starting that season at No. 2. It is their 20th straight week in the top 10, which is by far the longest active streak among all teams.

Most BCS Standings
Between Top 5 Rankings

Kansas State is at No. 4 in the BCS standings, the first time they have been in the top five since the week of November 7, 1999. Ninety-nine BCS standings had been released since the last time the Wildcats were in the top five, easily the longest gap between top five rankings in the history of the BCS.

Notre Dame rounds out the top five with a No. 5 ranking that is the highest for the school since they were also No. 5 in the week of November 19, 2006.

One major omission from the standings is the entire Big Ten conference. This is the first time in the BCS era that there are no Big Ten teams in any standings release (Ohio State is not included since they are ineligible for a bowl).