Texas A&M stands No. 18 in initial BCS

The first Bowl Championship Series standings of the 2012 season were released on Sunday evening, and Texas A&M came in at no. 18.

The Aggies (5-1), who are coming off a thrilling 59-57 win over Louisiana Tech, were ranked in the top 20 of both human polls, sitting at no. 20 in the Associated Press poll and at no. 19 in the USA Today Coaches Poll (which is part of the BCS formula).

In the initial BCS standings, the Aggies sit in a good position, but most of their tough work is ahead of them. Still remaining on their schedule are dates with three squads ranked above them in the BCS standings: No. 6 LSU (on Saturday), at No. 12 Mississippi State (on Nov. 3) and at No. 1 Alabama (on Nov. 10). Those all will be tough tests for a rising A&M squad, and this week's upcoming battle against LSU should give us a good barometer on how far along the Aggies truly are heading into SEC-heavy portion of their schedule.

As of the moment, ESPN's Mark Schlabach has the Aggies projected to play Northwestern in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl, while Brad Edwards has them positioned to play Georgia Tech in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City. You can see the full ESPN bowl projections here.