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Penn State ranked 21st in first BCS standings

The first set of BCS rankings were released Sunday night and Penn State (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) checked in at No. 21, higher than it ranked in the USA TODAY coaches' poll (No. 22), the Harris Poll (No. 24) and the AP poll (unranked).

Penn State ranked 21st in first BCS standings

The first set of BCS rankings were released Sunday night and Penn State (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) checked in at No. 21, higher than it ranked in the USA TODAY coaches' poll (No. 22), the Harris Poll (No. 24) and the AP poll (unranked).

LSU is No. 1, holding a slim .0003 margin over Alabama, the only team to beat the Nittany Lions this season. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State - which led in the computer rankings - and Boise State rounded out the top five.

Wisconsin is the highest-ranked of six Big Ten teams at No. 6. Also ranked are Nebraska (No. 13), Michigan State (No. 16), Michigan (No. 18) and Illinois (No. 23).

The BCS rankings takes into account the coaches' poll, Harris poll and the computers' calculations. Penn State had the 16th-best computer ranking in the initial standings.

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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