Kansas State, Oregon top BCS poll
BY RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer
Monday, November 12, 2012
11/12/12 at 5:20 AM
NEW YORK (AP) - Kansas State and Oregon are now on course to play for the BCS national championship.
After Alabama was upset by Texas A&M, the new BCS standings have the Wildcats (.9674) first and the Ducks (.9497) second.
Notre Dame (.9396) is third, not too far behind, but most likely in need of a loss by Oregon or Kansas State to reach the title game on Jan. 7 in Miami.
"These teams are in their order and the only way that order changes is if somebody gets beat," said Jerry Palm, of CBS Sports and collegebcs.com.
As for Alabama's run at three championships in four seasons, and the Southeastern Conference's string of six straight BCS titles, both are in peril.
Five SEC teams follow Alabama in the standings: Georgia, Florida, LSU, Texas A&M and South Carolina. But it will take a couple of upsets to give the SEC champion a shot to reach the BCS title game.
Kansas State is second in both BCS polls - the coaches' and Harris - and in the computer rankings. The Wildcats have two games left, at Baylor on Saturday and home against Texas on Dec. 1.
Oregon is first in the both polls and fourth in the computer ratings. The Ducks have two more regular-season games left, against Stanford on Saturday and the next week at Oregon State. They can clinch the Pac-12 North and a spot in the conference title game with a win against Stanford. If they get there, the Ducks would play either UCLA or Southern California in the league title game.
If the Ducks and Wildcats can avoid the type of upset that dropped Alabama - and there are plenty of good teams left on their schedules - they will play for the national title.
The Fighting Irish are third in the polls and first in the computer ratings.
"Notre Dame is not going to jump (Oregon and Kansas State) without their help," Palm said.
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averaging the percent
totals of the Harris Interactive,
Coaches and Computer
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voting points by a
maximum 2875 possible
points in the Harris
Interactive Poll and
1475 possible points in
the USA Today Coaches
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are used to determine
the overall computer
highest and lowest
ranking for each team
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