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Notre Dame No. 1 in BCS standings
Notre Dame the No. 1 team in the country? Believe it. Thanks to huge upsets by Stanford and Baylor, the Fighting Irish sit atop the BCS standings and are in control of their own destiny. If Notre Dame can win at USC next Saturday night, the Fighting Irish are assured a spot in the BCS national championship game.
Notre Dame is No. 1 in the latest BCS standings, followed by Alabama and Georgia. Florida and Oregon complete the top five. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is more than pleased his team will be in the mix for the national championship, which has eluded South Bend for over 25 years.
“It’s like being selected for the playoffs,” Kelly said in an interview on Notre Dame’s athletic website when asked what he felt like when Oregon and Kansas State lost.
“Now you know you’re in if you take care of business and you’ve got to win each week. I think it’s more about just the feeling that you’re included now in the race for the championship,” the coach added.
Kelly caught a little heat last week when he said he voted the Fighting Irish No. 1. The Associated Press agreed with Kelly’s assessment this week as Notre Dame was named the unanimous No. 1 team in that poll.
“I told our team that I felt like they were the best team in the country because I knew more about our team than the other two,” said Kelly. “Now we’ve been given this opportunity. We’ve got to make the best out of it by beating USC.”
As for who will be Notre Dame’s opponent in the title game, it’s anyone’s guess. Alabama still needs to beat Auburn and if that happens, the Crimson Tide must win in the SEC championship game.
Georgia and Florida are third and fourth, but both will need Notre Dame to lose to USC. Georgia could elevate itself if it beats Georgia Tech in its final regular season game and then Alabama in the SEC title game. Florida needs to win at Florida State on Saturday and a Georgia loss to Georgia Tech to get into the SEC title game.
Oregon, despite its mind-boggling 17-14 overtime home loss to Stanford, is still in the mix, but will need a ton of help. The Ducks have to win at Oregon State and will need a Stanford loss to qualify for the PAC-12 title game. Anything short of that and the Ducks are out of the national title picture. Stanford plays at UCLA next week, which won’t be a cakewalk.
Kansas State’s defense (and its pride) took a beating in Saturday night’s 52-24 loss to Baylor. But a win against Texas on Saturday, December 1 will assure the Wildcats of a spot in a BCS bowl and not much else. Too many teams have to lose for Kansas State to get into the national title picture.
1. Notre Dame (11-0) .9973
2. Alabama(10-1) .9333
3. Georgia(10-1) .8763
4. Florida(10-1) .8434
5. Oregon(10-1) .8318
6. KansasState(10-1) .7692
7. LSU (9-2) .7308
8. Stanford (9-2) .7077
9. TexasA&M (9-2) .6526
10. FloridaState(10-1) .6363
11. Clemson (10-1) .6056
12. South Carolina(9-2) .5871
13. Oklahoma(8-2) .5677
14. Nebraska(9-2) .4790
15. OregonState(8-2) .4499
16. Texas(8-2) .4235
17. UCLA (9-2) .3826
18. Rutgers(9-1) .2432
19. Michigan(8-3) .2253
20. Louisville(9-1) .2165
21. OklahomaState(7-3) .2042
22. BoiseState(9-2) .1043
23. KentState(10-1) .0955
24. Arizona(7-4) .0836
25. Washington(7-4) .0643