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BCS Rankings 2012, Week 8: Big 12 lands 7 teams in initial rankings

Seven Big 12 teams were ranked in the initial BCS rankings, but four SEC teams ranked in the top 10.

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The Big 12 leads the way with seven teams in the initial 2012 BCS rankings. Kansas State is the top conference team, checking in at No. 4.

The SEC may trail the Big 12 with six ranked teams, but the conference that has long been considered by many to be the nation's best features four teams ranked in the top 10, including No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida. LSU and South Carolina are ranked Nos. 6 and 7, respectively. Oklahoma is the only other top-10 Big 12 team. The Sooners are ranked No. 9.

Oregon is No. 3 in the year's first rankings, and Notre Dame rounds out the top five. Oregon State is No. 9, and USC is slotted at No. 10.

The majority of Big 12 teams are ranked between Nos. 13 through 25. West Virginia is 13th, and Texas Tech, fresh off an upset of the Mountaineers is 17th. TCU, Iowa State and Texas are ranked 23rd, 24th and 25th.

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