Familiar Territory

NORMAN — The first edition of the 2010 Bowl Championship Series Standings have been released, and the Sooners are back where they've been more than any other team in the nation since the introduction of the BCS system back in 1998: on top.

OU has held the top spot for 20 weeks, has been in the Top 5 for 46 weeks and in the Top 10 for 55 weeks.

And it's the first time since the Final Edition of the 2008 BCS Standings prior to the National Championship Game against Florida that the Sooners have been No. 1.

After losses by two teams in the Top 5 over the weekend, OU snuck up to third in the Coaches Poll and fourth in the Harris Poll and got some love from the computers en route to topping the ranks.

With the No. 1 computer rank at .9800, the Sooners were able to snag the top spot with an overall BCS average of .9215.

Oregon came in at No. 2 with a .8921 average, followed by No. 3 Boise State (.8898), No. 4 Auburn (.8641) and No. 5 TCU (.8573).

LSU (.8245), Michigan State (.7628), Alabama (.6654), Utah (.6540) and Ohio State (.5726) round out the Top 10.

While it's great news for Sooner Nation that OU virtually controls its own destiny, OU head coach Bob Stoops said the Sooners are just focusing on taking care of their business.

"I understand that the announcement of the poll makes for good conversation among media and fans," Stoops said. "But two games into our conference season, it's too early for us to give it any attention. At this point, it just speaks to the quality of the schedule we've played, and while I appreciate the caliber of those teams, our focus has to be on the games we have remaining. We're not talking or thinking about anything but playing Missouri."

The Sooners will head to Columbia, Mo., next Saturday for a 7 p.m. showdown against those No. 11 Missouri Tigers.

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