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.