The new BCS rating system includes three components: the Associated Press media poll, the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and an average of six computer scores. Each component counts one-third of a team's overall BCS ranking. It means BCS rankings will now rely more on the human polls than cumulative computer scores. If the human polls agree on the top two teams at the end of the season, then those two will play for the national title. If there is not concurrence, the computer polls would essentially function as the tiebreaker.
Texas is ranked No. 8 (A.P.) and No. 9 (Coaches) this week and was the highest rated BCS team last season (No. 6) not to earn a BCS bowl berth.
The top two teams in the first BCS rankings have never met for the national championship.
TOP 20 BCS RANKINGS FOR OCTOBER 18
14. BOISE STATE
16. TEXAS A&M
18. ARIZONA STATE
20. WEST VIRGINIA