As expected, 10-0 Notre Dame, one of three unbeaten teams remaining in the 120-team Football Bowl Subdivision (plus Ohio State, which is ineligible), moved up to No. 3 in Sunday night’s release of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings.
Manti Te'o and Notre Dame moved up one more spot this week in the BCS. Can they make it into the top two by the end of this month?
With former No. 1 Alabama’s 29-24 loss at home to Texas A&M, Kansas State and Oregon moved into the top 2 spots. If the top three unbeaten teams hold serve, it would end the SEC’s six-year reign of having a stranglehold on the national title. The six teams after Notre Dame all play in the SEC.
Here is the top 10, with their average points from myriad factors in parentheses:
1. Kansas State (.967)
2. Oregon (.950)
3. Notre Dame (.940)
4. Alabama (.853)
5. Georgia (.833)
6. Florida (.796)
7. LSU (.733)
8. Texas A&M (.662)
9. South Carolina (.635)
10. Florida State (.607)
Kansas State will play at Baylor this weekend and then has two weeks to prepare for its regular season finale when it hosts No. 15 Texas (Dec. 1)
Oregon hosts No. 13 Stanford this weekend and then plays at No. 16 Oregon State on Nov. 24 prior to the Pac 10 playoff game on Dec. 1.
Notre Dame faces Wake Forest this weekend in its home finale before concluding the regular season at No. 18 USC on Nov. 24. The Fighting Irish have already defeated No. 12 Oklahoma, No. 13 Stanford and No. 21 Michigan.
Besides the projected battle between the Wildcats and Ducks in the BCS National Title Game (Jan. 7, 8:30 p.m.) , ESPN analyst Brad Edwards has charted the following BCS matchups:
Rose Bowl Game Presented By Vizio: Notre Dame vs. Nebraska (Jan. 1, 5 p.m.)
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M (Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m.)
Allstate Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Clemson (Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m.)
Discover Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. Louisville (Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m.)