Sooners are early risers

The first Bowl Championship Series standings are out, and it's not what you think. While several experts last week predicted Boise State would debut at No. 1, a few key upsets over the weekend changed everything and pushed Oklahoma to the top spot.

The Sooners check in with a BCS average of .9215, followed by Oregon at .8921 and Boise State at .8898.

Ohio State was No. 1 in the Associated Press and coaches polls heading into last weekend's games, but a 31-18 pasting at Wisconsin dropped the Buckeyes (.5726) to 10th in the BCS. Alabama (.6654), which lost two weeks ago at South Carolina as the top-ranked team, is eighth, one spot in front of Utah (.6540).

Also in the top 10 are Auburn (fourth), TCU (fifth), LSU (sixth) and Michigan State (seventh).

Ten Football Bowl Subdivision teams remain undefeated: Oklahoma, Oregon, Boise State, Auburn, TCU, LSU, Michigan State, Utah, Oklahoma State and Missouri. There will be at least two fewer next week as Oklahoma visits Missouri and Auburn welcomes LSU. Missouri (.5491) is 11th in the BCS standings, while Oklahoma State (.5261) is 14th.

Oklahoma is No. 1 in the BCS standings for a record 20th time. The Sooners, however, won their only BCS title in 2000 after debuting at No. 2.

The BCS standings did not follow the form of the two polls used in the formula — the USA Today coaches and Harris Interactive polls — which have Oregon at No. 1 followed by Boise State. Oklahoma is No. 3 in the coaches poll and No. 4 in Harris, one spot behind TCU.

The AP poll, which is no longer part of the BCS, has Oregon, Boise State and Oklahoma in that order.

Before a 52-0 drubbing of Iowa State on Saturday pushed its record to 6-0, Oklahoma had won its previous three games by a combined 13 points. But victories over perennial contenders Florida State and Texas boosted the Sooners' resume enough that they essentially can dictate their fate.

In 2003, Oklahoma finished No. 3 in both BCS polls but still ended up No. 1 in the final standings, which bumped poll No. 1 USC out of the title game and into the Rose Bowl. LSU beat Oklahoma for the BCS title, while USC was awarded the AP crown.

The top two in the final standings in December will play for the BCS title on Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz.

Tribune wires contributed to this report.

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