BCS Standings Week 8: LSU Tops Initial Rankings

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15: Tyrann Mathieu #7 of the LSU Tigers reacts before kickoff against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 15, 2011 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

LSU tops the BCS Rankings in Week 8, the first week that the poll is available. Kansas State is ranked higher in the BCS than human polls, while the computer polls don't like Wisconsin.

The initial BCS rankings are out after Week 8 of the college football season, and to the surprise of absolutely no one the LSU Tigers are on top of the standings. The Alabama Crimson Tide are ahead of the Oklahoma Sooners, while the Oklahoma State Cowboys have found themselves ahead of all of Boise State, Wisconsin and Stanford to the surprise of many. Here are the complete rankings.

  BCS Harris Poll USA Today Computer Rankings
RK TEAM AVG PVS RK PTS % RK PTS % AVG A&H RB CM KM JS PW %
1 LSU .9522 NR 1 2819 .9805 2 1410 .9559 3 3 1 4 5 2 3 .920
2 Alabama .9519 NR 2 2744 .9544 3 1403 .9512 2 2 3 3 2 1 2 .950
3 Oklahoma .9301 NR 3 2684 .9336 1 1426 .9668 4 4 2 2 4 5 5 .890
4 Oklahoma State .8568 NR 6 2315 .8052 6 1173 .7953 1 1 4 1 1 4 1 .970
5 Boise State .8027 NR 5 2339 .8136 7 1172 .7946 6 6 5 5 7 8 6 .800
6 Wisconsin .7708 NR 4 2463 .8567 4 1262 .8556 11 10 8 14 17 6 12 .600
7 Clemson .7582 NR 8 2063 .7176 8 1028 .6969 5 5 6 6 3 3 4 .860
8 Stanford .7484 NR 7 2291 .7969 5 1222 .8285 8 8 9 8 20 15 10 .620
9 Arkansas .6263 NR 10 1805 .6278 10 931 .6312 8 15 11 17 8 7 8 .620
10 Oregon .6190 NR 9 1955 .6800 8 1028 .6969 12 16 7 16 13 11 18 .480
11 Kansas State .5688 NR 12 1457 .5068 16 678 .4597 7 7 10 7 6 9 7 .740
12 Virginia Tech .5048 NR 16 1259 .4379 14 688 .4664 10 12 13 9 9 14 9 .610
13 Nebraska .4972 NR 11 1484 .5162 11 775 .5254 15 17 12 15 16 12 16 .450
14 South Carolina .4914 NR 13 1396 .4856 12 765 .5186 13 9 15 13 12 20 17 .470
15 West Virginia .3730 NR 14 1359 .4727 14 688 .4664 21 23 25 20 18 19 24 .180
16 Michigan State .3288 NR 15 1290 .4487 13 690 .4678 24 25 19 23 0 0 23 .070
17 Texas A&M .3074 NR 19 779 .2710 18 415 .2814 18 18 18 22 10 16 15 .370
18 Michigan .2995 NR 17 914 .3179 17 458 .3105 20 14 20 10 23 0 20 .270
19 Houston .2863 NR 22 562 .1955 20 359 .2434 16 11 0 12 19 18 13 .420
20 Auburn .2645 NR 21 565 .1965 23 202 .1369 14 19 14 25 14 10 11 .460
21 Penn State .2311 NR 24 293 .1019 22 253 .1715 16 20 0 11 15 13 14 .420
22 Georgia Tech .1968 NR 18 839 .2918 19 396 .2685 27 24 0 24 25 0 0 .030
23 Illinois .1516 NR 20 571 .1986 21 260 .1763 22 22 22 18 0 0 0 .080
24 Texas .1348 NR NR 77 .0268 NR 26 .0176 19 13 0 19 11 17 19 .360
25 Washington .0871 NR 25 240 .0835 24 174 .1180 25 0 16 0 0 21 25 .060

Among other notables, Houston is the second-highest ranked non-BCS conference team, after Boise State. The Cougars also one of just ten unbeaten teams remaining in FBS. Kansas State has benefited from the computer polls, ranking higher in the BCS than in either human poll that is factored into the rankings.

For more on the Week 8 college football rankings, check out our comprehensive StoryStream.

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