College Football Corner: BCS Faces Test

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The first BCS poll of the season is out, and it will be put right to the test.

No. 1 Texas plays No. 6 Oklahoma State, while No. 3 Penn State faces a stern test in a road trip to No. 9 Ohio State.

Big man on campus: Texas DE Brian Orakpo

Texas was a shoo-in for the top spot following its thrashing of Missouri on Saturday night. Penn State, impressive in a come-from-behind dismantling of Michigan, will meet a vastly improved Buckeye juggernaut that wiped out Michigan State in East Lansing.

The BCS (Bowl Championship Series) poll can be a great equalizer for some teams. Northwestern (5-1), unranked in the other major polls, is 22nd in the BCS. Ohio State also did well by the BCS, as the Buckeyes debuted at No. 9 whereas they were 10th elsewhere.

Florida Coach Urban Meyer can't be too pleased, though. His Gators were ranked fifth in The Associated Press poll and seventh in the USA Today coaches poll. But in the BCS? No. 10. Ouch. Remember though that the Gators did manage to claw their way back up the poll ranks two years ago, ultimately making it to the championship game, where they dismantled Ohio State. ( Here's a look at the BCS criteria and procedures. The FedEx ( FDX) BCS National Championship Game will be played on Thursday, Jan. 9 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami.)

Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant

And how 'bout that Corner? off to a 4-1 start in its first try at picking games last week. On to this week's games.

No. 6 Oklahoma State (7-0) (+12) at No. 1 Texas (7-0), 3:30 p.m. EDT (ABC): Missouri was a recent common opponent for both teams, with the Longhorns whipping the Tigers by a bigger margin. But the Cowboys are loaded with talent and they could end up testing Texas more than even Oklahoma did. These two teams played a classic last season, with Texas prevailing, 38-35. This year's clubs feature some of the premier players in the nation.

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