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Expect Boise State, Oklahoma to be atop initial BCS standings


Boise State and Oklahoma will likely debut at the top of the first BCS standings on Sunday, according to's Jerry Palm.

Boise State would be highest-rated non-BCS school in the 13-year history of the BCS. The Broncos were atop the unofficial BCS projections last week, followed by Oregon. But two top-five upsets allowed Oklahoma to move up. No. 1 Ohio State and No. 5 Nebraska each lost, carving out space for the Sooners to find a familiar spot in the BCS standings. This would be the fourth time Oklahoma has opened among the top two.

Oregon is expected to be No. 3 in the BCS behind, in some order, the Broncos and Sooners. In the human polls, Oregon should be a consensus No. 1 after the Buckeyes' loss. The Ducks got there by lying on the couch. They were off Saturday and will defend their top spot in the polls for the first time Thursday against UCLA.

What does it all mean? Only once in the previous 12 seasons have the two teams that debuted 1-2 met in the BCS title game (2005, Texas-USC). Nine times, though, one of those teams has played for the championship.

Boise State had the previous highest debut for a non-BCS school (No. 4) last season before finishing sixth. A similar fate awaits the Broncos unless more teams around them start losing. After seven weeks, there are still 10 unbeaten teams, three of them (Boise, Utah, TCU) from outside BCS conferences. Boise State's schedule strength is likely to affect its chances down the stretch. It will play only one currently ranked team (Nevada) the remainder of the season. The Wolf Pack lost to Hawaii early Sunday morning, so that ranking might be gone in a few hours.

Anyone in need of a credential from all the BCS title games? Dennis Dodd has them. In three decades in the business, he's covered everything from the Olympics to Stanley Cup to conference realignment. Just get him on campus in a press box in the fall. His heart lies with college football.

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