Cougar Football Tenth In First BCS Standings Of The Season

Oct. 22, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State University football team is ranked 10th in the first Bowl Championship Series standings of 2001.

The BCS standings, pushed back a week because of the terrorists attacks Sept. 11, debuted Monday with five Pacific-10 Conference teams in the top 14.

Undefeated Big 12 members Oklahoma and Nebraska, which clash Saturday in Lincoln, Neb., are ranked 1-2, respectively. UCLA, the Cougars opponent, Nov. 3, is ranked third followed by Miami, Fla., number one in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, and Virginia Tech round out the top five.

Once beaten Texas and Michigan, followed by unbeaten Maryland, once beaten Tennessee and WSU (7-0) complete the top 10.

Other Pac-10 teams in the top 14 include the Cougars Nov. 17 opponent Washington (No. 12), this Saturday's opponent Oregon (No. 13) and Stanford (No. 14), a team WSU has beaten this season.

The BCS ranking is determined by five components, strength of schedule, rankings in the two major polls, computer rankings, number of losses and quality wins. The ranking is much like a golf score in that the lowest score is ranked highest.

For more information on the BCS formula, go to

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