Tide Second In First BCS Rankings

In the history of the Bowl Championship Series standings, the Southeastern Conference has the most appearances with 410 (since 1998). Here is a capsule look (conference alignment at time of game played / counting first week of 2011 BCS?Standings):

1. SEC 410

2. Big 12 399

3. Big Ten 357

4. ACC 316

5. Pac 12 293

6. Big East 152

7. Mountain West 112

8. WAC 72

This week, in the initial BCS standings for 2011, LSU is ranked first, Alabama second, Arkansas ninth, South Carolina 14th and Auburn 20th.

The SEC, ACC, Big Ten and the Big 12 have put the most schools in the BCS standings in its history at 11 each. The Pacific-12 has put 10 teams in the BCS standings.

Five SEC teams have been ranked at one time or another as the top team in the nation in the BCS?standings during its history (24 total weeks) - Alabama (6 times), Auburn (3 times) Florida (7 times), LSU?(3 times) and Tennessee (5 times). [Reminder that there are no BCS?standings after the bowl games.]

This is LSU's third appearance as the number one team in the BCS Standings (others: Nov. 11 and Nov. 18, 2007).

Florida (2009) is the only other SEC team to have been ranked number one in the first BCS Standings of the season.

Texas leads all schools in the BCS rankings, having been listed 87 times. Florida is second with 85 times while LSU is sixth at 66, Georgia is 14th (54 weeks)?and Tennessee is 15th (52).

Here is a listing of the amount of times each SEC team has been ranked in the BCS Standings:

Alabama (43), Arkansas (24), Auburn (39), Florida (85), Georgia (54), Kentucky (4), LSU (66), Ole Miss (9), Mississippi State (15), South Carolina (18) and Tennessee (52).

Number of times a conference has been ranked 1-2 in the BCS Standings: SEC (6 times – all in 2009); Big Ten (5 times – all in 2006); Big 12 (3 times, twice in 2001, once in 2000).

This is the eighth time that Arkansas has been ranked in the top 10 of the BCS standings (twice in 2010; 3 times in 2006; twice in 1998).

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