October is here as we're just three weeks away from the unveiling of the first official BCS standings. But with the simulated standings (compiled by BCS Guru), we already have a pretty good idea about the pecking order among the top teams.
The beginning of the conference season always means the pairing down of potential national contenders, though this early in the season a loss doesn't necessarily kill a team's chances. It happened to LSU last week, but the Tigers will have ample time to get back in the BCS race.
This week, we'll get a chance to find out a few surprising teams that made it through September unscathed. There are 20 teams that remain unbeaten, though that number is guaranteed to be reduced to no more than 17 as there are three matchups between undefeated teams this week. All three are among our Top 5 BCS Impact Games of the Week.
Rankings according to simulated BCS standings at BCSGuru.com.