3. Oklahoma State
4. Boise State
9. Penn State
Contenders: Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Michigan State.
Quick Note: I fail to see how Stanford is anything less than an obvious no. 2 over Oklahoma State, at least for now: Longest winning current winning streak in the country, one season removed from a one-loss, BCS bowl winning season, Heisman trophy favorite, vastly superior defense. Where is it written that the Big 12 must always be considered second after the SEC?