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BCS rankings 2012: Big Ten left out of initial standings

The Big Ten conference does not have a representative in the first installment of the 2012 BCS standings.

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The first BCS rankings for the 2012 college football season were released on Sunday, and not one Big Ten team cracked the top 25.

The Ohio State Buckeyes are ineligible for the BCS rankings as the school serves a one-year bowl ban. Meanwhile, the Michigan Wolverines, who are ranked 23rd in the AP Poll and 25th in the Coaches' Poll, were beat out at the bottom of the BCS top 25 by Iowa State and Texas, both of whom hold identical 4-2 records along with Michigan.

The Alabama Crimson Tide came in at No. 1, as expected. Florida, Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame round out the top five. Notre Dame, which has defeated three Big Ten teams (Michigan State, Michigan and Purdue), is in the top five of the BCS rankings for the first time since November of 2006.

Though unranked, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Nebraska received votes in the Coaches' Poll and Harris Poll, which are the two human ranking systems used in the BCS formula.