Michigan No. 18 in first BCS standings of the season
The BCS standings combine the coaches' poll, Harris poll and a compilation of six computer rankings.
The Wolverines (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) are ranked No. 18 in The Associated Press' latest poll, and No. 17 in this week's USA Today coaches poll and have a BCS average of .2995.
Michigan's No. 18 ranking is its best since it held the same spot after closing the 2007 season with a win against Florida in the Capital One Bowl. That also was Lloyd Carr's final game as head coach at the school.
The Wolverines haven't been ranked higher than 18th since Nov. 4, 2007, when they were 12th.
LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State hold the top four spots, setting up two potentially huge conference games that could determine which teams play for the national title.
Southeastern Conference rivals first-place LSU and second-place Alabama meet Nov. 5 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Third-place Oklahoma and fourth-place Oklahoma State have to wait longer to play their potential Big 12 showdown. The Bedlam rivalry is set for Dec. 3 at Stillwater, Okla.
The only other time the top four teams in the first BCS standings of the season came from two conferences was 2000, when the Big 12 (Nebraska and Oklahoma) and the Big East (Virginia Tech and Miami) did it.
Wisconsin is the Big Ten's highest-ranked team, coming in at No. 6. Nebraska is No. 13, while Michigan State enters the rankings fresh off its 28-14 win over Michigan at No. 16.
Penn State sits at No. 21 and Illinois rounds out the Big Ten's representation at No. 23.
Kyle Meinke and The Associated Press contributed to this report.