First BCS Standings Not Kind To Horns

Texas came in at No. 22 in the inaugural BCS standings of the 2007 season, below the threshold for eligibility for a BCS at-large berth. The upside? There are still seven more weeks for a move up the standings.

Ohio State earned the No. 1 spot in the standings, mirroring its spot in the human polls. South Florida, on the strength of its No. 1 computer ranking (one-third of the BCS formula), came in at the coveted No. 2 spot. The top two teams in the final BCS standings released on Dec. 2 will play in the BCS Championship Game. After that, BCS conference champions and other eligible non-BCS conference champs and at-large teams (nine wins against D-I competition and a top 14 or higher BCS ranking) will fill the remaining eight BCS bowl game berths.

Given the unpredictable nature of the first seven weeks of the season, the final seven weeks could produce an almost unlimited number of BCS match-ups. And although the Horns have a long way to go to get into that mix, it's not out of the realm of possibility.

For example, in the second BCS standings of 2003, Texas came in at, you guessed it, No. 22. Six weeks later, the Horns had ascended all the way to No. 6 in the final standings, in line for a BCS berth if not for Kansas State's upset of Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship game. That's the hell of having to rely on other teams, but it also shows the possibilities, particularly with so much football left to be played.

The Horns' remaining schedule is both favorable and unfavorable. Favorable in that Texas doesn't face a single team ahead of it in the BCS standings (UT should be favored from here on out) and unfavorable in that Texas doesn't face a single team ahead of it in the BCS standings (tough to earn computer respect – the Horns are outside the top 25 right now, thus earning nothing in the computer portion of this week's rankings – playing such a soft schedule).

The Longhorns are behind three other Big 12 teams in the standings – No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 13 Kansas and No. 16 Missouri – while Texas Tech, which Texas faces on Nov. 10, is No. 24.

Complete BCS Standings

BCS Standings - October 14, 2007
1. Ohio State
2. South Florida
3. Boston College
4. LSU
5. Oklahoma
6. South Carolina
7. Kentucky
8. Arizona State
9. West Virginia
10. Oregon
11. Virginia Tech
12. California
13. Kansas
14. USC
15. Florida
16. Missouri
17. Auburn
18. Hawaii
19. Virginia
20. Georgia
21. Tennessee
22. Texas
23. Cincinnati
24. Texas Tech
25. Michigan

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