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Sunday, October 16, 2011
Tigers No. 1 in first BCS Standings

By Steve Glasser

The LSU Tigers, Alabama Crimson Tide, Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys and Boise State Broncos hold the top five spots in the first BCS standings released on Sunday night. This is the 24th time that an SEC team is No. 1 in the BCS, the second-most among all conferences.

It is also the fourth time that the BCS standings have opened with the top two teams being from the same conference. The last time it happened was in 2009, when Florida and Alabama were 1-2 in the initial standings.

LSU is No. 1 in the BCS standings for the first time since the week of November 23, 2007. The last time Alabama opened the BCS standings at No. 2 was 2009. That season they went on to win the BCS National Championship.

With Alabama currently at No. 2, we could be headed for the fifth regular season meeting between the BCS No. 1 and No. 2 teams. The Crimson Tide and Tigers are scheduled to play November 5th in Tuscaloosa.

Oklahoma opens at No. 3, marking the fourth time in the last five years that they have been in the top five of the initial BCS standings. Overall, it is the 47th week that Oklahoma is in the top five, the most such appearances all-time.

Oklahoma State opens up at No. 4, its highest-ever position in the BCS standing. This is actually the first time that Oklahoma State has even been in the top five of the BCS standings in any week.

Boise State opens at No. 5, the third straight year that the Broncos are among the top five teams in the initial BCS standings. It is their 51st week all-time inside the BCS standings, which is the most of any non-AQ school.

The Auburn Tigers open at No. 20, which is the lowest-ever position in initial BCS standings for the defending National Champions. The first BCS National Champion was crowned in 1998.