The first BCS Standings have been released for the 2012 NCAA football season and, as to be expected, the Alabama Crimson Tide took the number one spot by a significant margin. However, there were some surprises on the list, beginning at number two.
The Florida Gators took the second spot instead of the #3 Oregon Ducks, which left many people surprised (including myself), but as usual one should never be surprised when it comes to the BCS Standings and the entire process of selecting which team goes where.
In total, the SEC dominated the standings with seven teams earning spots including six of the top 12 teams (#1 Alabama, #2 Florida, #6 LSU Tigers, #7 South Carolina Gamecocks, #11 Georgia Bulldogs, #12 Mississippi State Bulldogs and #18 Texas A&M Aggies), which shows that either the SEC is that dominant or the BCS has a bias favoring them.
The Big 12 also had seven teams receive the necessary combination of votes and computer rankings in order to be placed amongst the BCS’ top-25, beginning with the #4 Kansas State Wildcats, who are having an incredible season so far. Behind the Wildcats from the Big 12 in the standings are the #9 Oklahoma Sooners, who placed a 63-21 hurting on the #25 Texas Longhorns this past Saturday during the 107th meeting of the Red River Rivalry. The West Virginia Mountaineers came in 13th following their first loss of the season at the hands of the #17 Texas Tech Red Raiders. The #23 TCU Horned Frogs and #24 Iowa State Cyclones round out the seven teams for the Big 12 who were voted in the initial BCS standings of the season.
Following yet another brilliant defensive performance from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday against the #20 Stanford Cardinal, Notre Dame is ranked fifth in the BCS Standings and if the Irish can continue producing these types of victories, they have a great chance at competing in a BCS Bowl game and a legitimate shot at playing for the BCS title (with a little help from the teams ranked ahead of them currently).
The ACC had two teams, the #14 Florida State Seminoles and the #19 Clemson Tigers, while the #22 Boise State Broncos was the second non-BCS Conference school along with Notre Dame to make it to the BCS Standings.