BCS standings, Week 9: Auburn debuts at No. 11

Thomas B. Shea

An impressive road win gave the Tigers a nice boost right before the first BCS standings of the season came out.

Coming off a 45-41 road win over Texas A&M, Auburn checks in at No. 11 in the first BCS standings of 2013. It's the Tigers' highest place in the standings since the national championship 2010 season.

The Tigers are ranked No. 15 in the Harris Poll and No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, two of the three components that affect the standings. The computers, the third component love Auburn. Gus Malzahn's team is ranked seventh by the computers, coming in at No. 7, 17, 7, 5, 9 and 6 in the individual computer rankings.

Unsurprisingly, Alabama is No. 1 in the initial standings. The first big controversy of the year comes at No. 2, where Florida State is just ahead of No. 3 Oregon. The Ducks have been No. 2 in the human polls all year, and most expected that to be the case in the BCS. However, the Seminoles got a boost by getting a dominant road win at Clemson Saturday night. They're ranked first by the computers, and the Ducks are fourth. Whether or not they can hold on to No. 2 if both teams finish the regular season unbeaten remains to be seen.

Texas A&M is No. 16 in the first standings. In addition to the Crimson Tide, Tigers and Aggies, three other SEC teams are ranked: No. 5 Missouri, No. 13 LSU and No. 21 South Carolina.

BCS standings, Week 9

BCS Harris Poll USA Today Computer Rankings
RK TEAM AVG PVS RK PTS % RK PTS % AVG A&H RB CM KM JS PW %
1 Alabama .9841 2 1 2615 .9962 1 1544 .9961 2 2 1 3 3 2 1 .960
2 Florida State .9348 12 3 2401 .9147 3 1410 .9097 1 1 5 2 1 1 2 .980
3 Oregon .9320 4 2 2520 .9600 2 1482 .9561 4 4 2 4 4 4 4 .880
4 Ohio State .8553 NR 4 2321 .8842 4 1382 .8916 5 5 3 5 8 8 7 .790
5 Missouri .8219 NR 6 2026 .7718 7 1184 .7639 3 3 6 1 2 3 3 .930
6 Stanford .7414 6 8 1952 .7436 8 1117 .7206 6 6 4 6 6 15 10 .760
7 Miami (FL) .7200 NR 7 2008 .7650 6 1186 .7652 10 8 21 12 9 12 8 .630
8 Baylor .7120 NR 5 2038 .7764 5 1255 .8097 12 9 11 11 15 14 13 .550
9 Clemson .6249 14 10 1616 .6156 10 913 .5890 9 10 7 8 10 13 9 .670
10 Texas Tech .6220 NR 9 1662 .6331 9 981 .6329 11 11 14 10 12 10 11 .600
11 Auburn .5058 NR 15 1105 .4210 17 537 .3465 7 7 17 7 5 9 6 .750
12 UCLA .4807 17 11 1323 .5040 11 710 .4581 14 15 16 19 13 11 12 .480
13 LSU .4552 8 12 1212 .4617 13 688 .4439 15 14 9 17 11 19 16 .460
14 Virginia Tech .4408 NR 19 841 .3204 19 499 .3219 8 13 NR 9 7 7 5 .680
15 Oklahoma .4204 11 14 1110 .4229 12 695 .4484 16 12 8 15 19 20 19 .390
16 Texas A&M .3666 9 13 1177 .4484 15 622 .4013 18 22 18 22 16 22 17 .250
17 Fresno State .3379 NR 18 920 .3505 18 532 .3432 17 16 NR 14 NR 16 14 .320
18 Northern Illinois .3032 15 21 518 .1973 22 298 .1923 13 19 10 13 14 5 15 .520
19 Oklahoma State .2687 NR 17 951 .3623 13 688 .4439 28 25 NR NR NR NR NR .000
20 Louisville .2556 21 16 1046 .3985 16 571 .3684 28 NR 15 NR NR NR NR .000
21 South Carolina .2161 10 20 673 .2564 20 468 .3019 26 24 19 NR 22 NR 23 .090
22 Michigan .1637 18 22 415 .1581 23 268 .1729 21 17 20 16 NR NR 25 .160
23 UCF .1394 NR 25 238 .0907 25 151 .0974 19 23 13 23 NR 17 18 .230
24 Nebraska .1354 16 23 414 .1577 21 385 .2484 28 NR NR NR NR NR NR .000
25 Oregon State .1042 13 NR 168 .0640 NR 91 .0587 20 NR 22 24 18 6 21 .190

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