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Mississippi State ranked No. 12 in first 2012 Bowl Championship Series standings



Matt Stevens


STARKVILLE - MSU was ranked 12th in the first Bowl Championship Series standings of the 2012 season. 


The rankings were announced Sunday night and represent the selection process to find the two teams that will play for the 2013 National Championship game in Miami. The BCS standings are made up of three elements including the coaches' poll, the Harris Poll and the average of six computer rankings. 


The SEC was the league represented most at the top of the BCS standings, placing six schools in the top 12 and seven in the top 25. 


MSU's ranking in the initial BCS standings this season ties for the school's third-best ranking since the system was adapted in 1999. MSU's highest ranking was 10th on Nov. 8, 1999. 


The Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0 in SEC) still have yet to play anybody ranked in either poll during the 2012 schedule and 


won't face a ranked team until they face defending national champions University of Alabama in two weeks in Tuscaloosa, Ala. 


Both ESPN.com and CBS Sports currently have MSU projected to play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on New Year's Eve against the University of Clemson. 




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