BCS Rankings Reaction: Cyclones Make Shocking Debut


Maybe the BCS computers aren’t so bad after all. Thanks to a love fest with the Big 12 Conference, Iowa State finds themselves ranked at 24th in the debut of the BCS rankings this season.

Who thought have thought that the Cyclones would have made the poll after suffering their second loss of the season? Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

It marks the very first time the school has been in the rankings. They are among a trio of Big 12 schools that round out the top 25 – TCU is ahead of them at 23rd and Texas is at 25th.

The Big 12 has seven teams in the BCS rankings. That’s more than any other conference with the SEC in second place with six schools. Pac-12 has four schools and in third place, and how about the Big East in fourth place with three schools?

Kansas State is the lead school in the Big 12, ranked fourth and in position to get into the BCS championship should Oregon drop a game. They have a big game against West Virginia this Saturday, which could have been enough to even leapfrog Oregon if the Mountaineers didn’t get blown out by Texas Tech.

Oklahoma is another team in the top 10, debuting at ninth. The Sooners have stormed back after destroying Texas Tech and Texas which will only help Kansas State’s cause.

The SEC certainly is top heavy with four teams in the top seven and all six in the top 12. Georgia at 11th may be the only one where people may shake their head, but it’s clear that the Big 12 is the best conference when you’re talking about depth from top to bottom.

Iowa State will hope to keep their ranking in the next few weeks by facing teams that didn’t make the poll – Oklahoma State and Baylor – and showing the nation why they deserved to be ranked.

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