The drama of the first BCS standings of the 2010 season had the normal national headlines buried in its Week 8 release.
Boise State expected to be the No. 1 team in the initial standings, but the boys from the blue turf came across at No. 3, behind Oklahoma and Oregon. Just like that, their shot at a title game appearance seems even less likely.
Though Oklahoma was No. 3 in the USA Today coaches’ poll and No. 4 in the Harris Interactive Poll, the Sooners nabbed the top spot thanks to No. 1 tags in four of the six computer rankings.
Then there’s No. 6 LSU, a team whose tales from the final minutes of games have turned into a national spectacle. No matter, the Tigers ranked No. 1 in two computer polls – Anderson & Hester and Richard Billingsley. They are one of 10 teams without a loss, and one of five schools from the SEC Western Division to crack the opening BCS Top 25. Six SEC teams in total made the rankings.
As for what it all means for the Tigers?
With No. 4 Auburn, No. 8 Alabama and No. 23 Arkansas all still on the schedule, an undefeated LSU controls their own destiny - to both Atlanta and the National Championship game. If they win out, popular opinion says that an undefeated SEC team won’t be shut out of the title hunt.
The next major test comes Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The big hurdle to follow: a visit from the Crimson Tide on Nov. 7.