USC, take note: The record for BCS crawl-backs belongs to Louisiana State, which won the BCS title in 2003 from the No. 12 starting position.
The team it beat out that year for a spot in the title game was … USC.
"We need to keep winning," Trojans Coach Lane Kiffin astutely stated Sunday.
It is nice to see fresh faces in Notre Dame, Kansas State and Oregon State.
For all its history, Notre Dame has never been No. 1 in the BCS standings. The Fighting Irish reached No. 3 the first two weeks of 2002, the year they started 8-0.
Kansas State dropped all the way to the Alamo Bowl.
The Wildcats have not been this BCS high since finishing No. 5 in 1999.
Oregon State had its only glory run in 2000, ending up No. 6 to earn the Fiesta Bowl bid in which it routed Notre Dame, 41-9.
The Buckeyes have been the Big Ten's power lifters in the BCS, tied for second with USC for most weeks spent at No. 1 (15).
Ohio State also owns the BCS record with 12 straight weeks spent at the top spot.
The Big Ten's woes could end up benefiting a team from a "non-AQ" conference.
BCS rules stipulate the highest ranked "non-AQ" champion in the top 12 earns a major bowl bid — not likely this year with one-loss Boise State sitting at No. 22.
Boise would also get a bid, though, if it finished in the top 16 ahead of an AQ champion.
The Big Ten, without Ohio State, is going have a difficult time getting its champion inside the top 16.
--Sorry if you missed it. The game Saturday night in Shreveport, La., between Texas A&M and Louisiana Tech may go down as the game of the year. Louisiana Tech trailed, 27-0, in the first half and ended up losing, 59-57. The Bulldogs missed a chance to send the game to overtime when they could not complete the two-point conversion after scoring a late touchdown. Louisiana Tech scored 57 points in the last 35 minutes but probably botched its BCS hopes.
The schools combined for 64 first downs and 1,293 yards. Texas A&M would have had a lot of explaining to do had the first-year SEC member blown such a huge lead.
"We needed to get out of here and get back home," first-year Texas A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin said. "We were lucky to get out of here. It was a great game."
Louisiana Tech Coach Sonny Dykes was miffed afterward so many Bulldogs fans didn't stay to see a tremendous finish.
"It was embarrassing that late in the game Texas A&M had more fans than we did," Dykes said.
--What a lousy year USC and Oregon State picked to miss each other on the schedule.
--BCS trivia. UCLA was the first No. 1 team in BCS history. The Bruins opened in the top spot for the week of Oct. 6, 1998. UCLA has never been No. 1 since. LSU last year finished with the only perfect score in BCS history at 1.000 and still didn't win the national title.