BCS Standings: No. 1 Ranking In Initial Poll Bodes Well For Oklahoma

While Oklahoma should certainly be pleased with its No. 1 ranking in the first installment of the BCS standings, there is still a lot of football left to be played -- the Sooners still have six games remaining on the schedule, including trips to Missouri (No. 11 in the BCS) and Oklahoma State (No. 14), plus the Big XII Championship game on Dec. 4. So temper expectations and curb enthusiasm, right? 

Maybe not. 

Our Oklahoma blog, Crimson and Cream Machine, offers a fun factoid (if you're a Sooners fan): in five of the past nine seasons, the team that was No. 1 in the initial BCS poll finished atop the rankings after the conference championship games.

Additionally, only twice has the first No. 1 team finished outside of the top-five (Oklahoma, oddly enough, in both 2001 and 2002) and three times that team has remained undefeated. You want a table? You're getting a table: 

Year Team Final Rank
Losses After
1st BCS Poll
2001 Oklahoma #10 2
2002 Oklahoma #7 2
2003 Oklahoma #1 1
2004 USC #1 0
2005 USC #1 0
2006 Ohio State #1 0
2007 Ohio State #1 1
2008 Texas #3 1
2009 Florida #5 1

Oklahoma begins the second half of their season Saturday night, at 6-0 Missouri.

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