LSU barely held an edge over Alabama in the first BCS standings released Sunday night, debuting in the No. 1 spot just ahead of its SEC West Division rival.
The Tigers, No. 1 in the Harris poll and No. 2 in the coaches poll, had a computer ranking of No. 3 for an average of .9522 -- 0.0003 points ahead of the Tide. Oklahoma was at No. 3 and Big 12 rival Oklahoma State was at No. 4. The Cowboys actually have the No. 1 ranking in the computer average component.
That is the main reason why they are ahead of No. 5 Boise State (6-0) and No. 6 Wisconsin. The Broncos are the top non-AQ once again, but they are well behind Oklahoma State. Their computer average is six, which is actually pretty good considering their conference affiliation. Wisconsin, on the other hand, has a computer average of 11 and finds itself in the No. 6 spot.
As always, Boise State will need to win out and hope for major help to get a shot at the BCS national championship game. The Broncos were not the only non-AQ in the rankings. Houston (6-0) debuted at No. 19.
West Virginia (5-1), ranked No. 11 in the AP poll, is ranked No. 15 in the BCS standings. No surprise here, but the Mountaineers are the only ranked Big East team. Though they are ranked No. 14 in the Harris and coaches poll, their computer average is 21.