The first official BCS Standings will have this resemblance of last year's final polls: a team from the SEC will be on top.
Whereas Auburn finished as the BCS national champion last season, their archrival Alabama will debut as No. 1 when the first BCS standings of 2011 is unveiled Sunday night. LSU will edge Oklahoma for the No. 2 spot, as the two SEC West foes march inexorably toward their gargantuan showdown on Nov. 5 in Tuscaloosa.
With Michigan, Illinois and Georgia Tech all losing, the ranks of the unbeatens have now shrunk to 10. And since Kansas State and Houston are not realistic title contenders, this year's BCS national champion will come from the remaining eight undefeated teams.
Conveniently, they will also appear as the top eight ranked teams in the initial BCS standings. The Guru's projections:
1. Alabama, 2. LSU, 3. Oklahoma, 4. Oklahoma State, 5. Boise State, 6. Wisconsin, 7. Clemson, 8. Stanford, 9. Arkansas, 10. South Carolina, 11. Oregon, 12. Kansas State, 13. Nebraska, 14. Michigan, 15. Virginia Tech.