Welcome to your spot among the nation’s elite, Baylor. It has been well-earned.
Baylor sits at No. 8 in the first BCS standings released on Sunday night. The Bears are the highest-ranked Big 12 team, followed by fellow unbeaten Texas Tech at No. 10.
Yet both teams have work to do if they hope to make the BCS title game after an undefeated run through the rest of conference play. One-loss Stanford sits ahead of both squads at No. 6 thanks in large part to the computers. The Cardinal hold a sizable advantage in computer rank, ranking No. 6 with Texas Tech No. 11 and Baylor No. 12. Stanford lost to Utah on Oct. 12 before a 24-10 win over UCLA this weekend.
The Bears and Red Raiders are looking at an uphill battle to rise in the BCS with each other as the lone BCS top 14 team remaining on their schedules and a lack of a signature win in nonconference play. Baylor and Texas Tech will have to hope "Upset Saturday" becomes the norm for a good portion of the remainder of the season if they hope to sneak into the BCS title game.
Behind the league’s top two teams, Oklahoma sits at No. 15 and Oklahoma State is the final Big 12 team at No. 19. The Sooners and the Cowboys both play Baylor and Texas Tech in the coming weeks, so they could insert themselves into the race for a BCS bowl bid if they win the remainder of their games and the rest of the nation falls out just right for the winner of Bedlam, the in-state battle between the two teams, in early December.
Overall the first edition of the BCS standings should be considered disappointing for the Big 12, particularly undefeated Baylor, which has been dominant this season and is playing like an elite team, yet still sits behind a one-loss team from another conference in Stanford.