BCS Rankings 2011: Sorting out the New Top 10

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BCS Rankings 2011: Sorting out the New Top 10
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The latest BCS standings were released Sunday night to the delight of teams like Louisiana State and Oklahoma State, and to the chagrin of teams like Arkansas and Oklahoma. Such is the joy (or pain) of a college football season.

And to think, we still have six more BCS standings to unveil.

There weren't any major surprises in the Week 9 edition of the rankings, with the possible exception of how far Oklahoma dropped after losing at home to Texas Tech last Saturday night. (Sorry to bring that up, Sooners fans. Just remember, I'm not the one who lost the game for you.)

For the most part, teams that won were rewarded with a move up the standings; the lone exception was Arkansas, who actually dropped a spot based on its poor performance against lowly Mississippi. Even though they pulled out a win, the style points weren't exactly there for the Razorbacks.

The people (and computers) noticed, as they always do.

This early in the season, there are any number of angles from which we can dissect the BCS standings, since—technically—these teams still have a shot at playing in the BCS Championship game. With that in mind, here are the stories behind the moves for each of the top 10 teams in the BCS.

(Teams are listed by current BCS ranking with their previous ranking in parentheses for reference.)

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