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With unbeaten LSU and Alabama hailing from the mighty SEC (the conference that has produced the last five national champions) and Oklahoma's slow start on Saturday against Kansas, it's not surprising that the Sooners find themselves third in the first BCS rankings of the year.
While No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama have initial BCS scores of .9522 and .9519 respectively, Oklahoma's score of .930 seems relatively distant.
However, the Sooners can boast a No.1 ranking in the USA Today coaches' poll, which accounts for a third of their BCS ranking.
Also, the Tigers and the Tide will face each other before season's end.
Meanwhile, due to the contraction of the Big 12, the Sooners don't face the unpleasant prospect of a late season loss in a conference championship game, unlike the two teams above them.
Finally, another good omen for the Sooners (and Oklahoma State, for that matter) is the fact that, seven times in the 13-year history of the BCS, the two teams that wound up in the championship game were ranked in the top four of the initial standings.
Nevertheless, the Sooners have several challenges remaining; Kansas State, Texas A&M and their in-state rival, Oklahoma State, all still loom on OU's schedule.