The first Bowl Championship Series rankings of the college football season were released Sunday evening, and it should come as no surprise that the conference that has won the last five BCS title games would have the top two teams in the initial rankings. SEC stalwarts LSU and Alabama are one and two, respectively, in the first BCS rankings of the year, followed by the Oklahoma and Oklahoma State out of the Big 12. No teams from the state of Florida made the BCS Top 25.
The highest ranked ACC team is the Clemson Tigers, who escaped the Maryland Terrapins and College Park Saturday night with a 56-45 victory. Virginia Tech is No. 12, and Georgia Tech, after suffering a brutal loss to Virginia, rounds out the ACC representation at No. 23.
West Virginia checks in at No. 15, and is the lone representative from the Big East Conference.
There are 10 undefeated schools remaining, with Kansas State perhaps the biggest surprise of the unscathed. Bill Snyder's team is ranked No. 11 in these week one BCS rankings.
The complete first BCS rankings of the season:
4 Oklahoma State
5 Boise State
11 Kansas State
12 Virginia Tech
14 South Carolina
15 West Virginia
16 Michigan State
17 Texas A&M
21 Penn State
22 Georgia Tech
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