LAWRENCE | When the first Bowl Championship Series standings were announced on Sunday afternoon, the Kansas Jayhawks stood 13th, directly above consensus preseason No. 1 Southern Cal (14th) and defending national champion Florida (15th).
Missouri, coming off a loss at Oklahoma, is ranked 16th.
This is Kansas’ first appearance in the BCS rankings, which determine which two teams play in the national championship game. The Jayhawks were tied with Virginia Tech for eighth in the computer component, but were hurt by the human component, which ranked them 15th in both the Harris Poll and the coaches’ poll.
The Jayhawks, 6-0, 2-0 in the Big 12, are tied with Missouri at the No. 15 spot in the latest Associated Press poll.
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KU coach Mark Mangino said on Sunday night that he hadn’t seen the rankings.
“As I’ve said before, I’m really more focused on what the rankings would be at the end of the season,” Mangino said. “We appreciate that people are recognizing our players.”
Ohio State is first in the BCS standings, followed by South Florida, Boston College, LSU and Oklahoma.