2012 BCS standings released, Week 10: Kansas State up to No. 2, Notre Dame over Oregon

Jamie Squire

Sunday night, Week 10's BCS Top 25 revealed Kansas State in line to play Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game if the season were to end right now. However, Oregon and Notre Dame also remain very much in the running.

Kansas State has now reached its highest-ever spot in the BCS standings, overtaking Florida to reach No. 2 after the Gators fell to Georgia. Remaining at No. 1 is, of course, Alabama, which has still yet to be challenged since losing to LSU last year. Oh hey, look! They play No. 5 LSU again in just a few days. Great!


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The computers love K-State and the Irish, thanks to their scheduling. The humans favor Oregon -- the margin is very slim, however, with just .001 points separating Notre Dame and the Ducks.

Oregon's still very much in the running, however -- even though they've been losing ground in the standings for a couple weeks now, their schedule is back-loaded. They have USC, Stanford and Oregon State still to go, plus a likely Pac-12 Championship Game appearance. Four quality wins could put the Ducks into the title game over other unbeatens, but we've still got a long way to go.

Among the other biggest points of excitement: Georgia re-enters the Top 6 after falling all the way out of the Top 10 thanks to its grueling win over Florida, No. 25 LA Tech appears, and No. 19 Boise State moves ever closer to nabbing another non-AQ BCS bowl spot, ranking a spot ahead of the lowest-ranked AQ leader, Nebraska.

The full BCS Top 25 heading into Week 10, via ESPN:

Rank Team Avg Prev Harris Pts % Coaches Pts % AVG A&H RB CM KM JS PW %
1 Alabama .9759 1 1 2868 .9976 1 1475 1.0000 3 3 1 2 3 7 3 .930
2 Kansas State .9400 3 3 2656 .9238 3 1366 .9261 1 1 3 3 2 1 1 .970
3 Notre Dame .9147 5 4 2553 .8880 4 1307 .8861 1 2 2 1 1 2 2 .970
4 Oregon .9136 4 2 2725 .9478 2 1391 .9431 5 4 4 5 5 8 5 .850
5 LSU .8163 6 5 2382 .8285 5 1225 .8305 6 8 5 8 6 4 6 .790
6 Georgia .7753 10 6 2205 .7670 6 1149 .7790 7 6 6 7 7 6 7 .780
7 Florida .7604 2 8 2061 .7169 8 1024 .6942 4 5 7 4 4 3 4 .870
8 South Carolina .5968 13 11 1588 .5523 11 838 .5681 9 9 8 11 10 9 9 .670
9 Florida State .5743 12 7 2193 .7628 7 1121 .7600 21 18 22 12 25 0 19 .200
10 Louisville .5661 16 10 1714 .5962 10 888 .6020 13 11 17 10 15 24 11 .500
11 Oregon State .5559 7 13 1449 .5040 13 684 .4637 8 7 11 6 8 11 8 .700
12 Oklahoma .5454 8 12 1473 .5123 12 758 .5139 10 15 9 20 9 5 10 .610
13 Clemson .5095 18 9 1917 .6668 9 976 .6617 21 17 19 18 0 0 21 .200
14 Stanford .4863 17 14 1307 .4546 15 626 .4244 11 10 13 9 11 12 13 .580
15 Mississippi State .3913 11 15 1231 .4282 18 569 .3858 16 14 18 14 21 21 15 .360
16 Texas A&M .3593 20 18 996 .3464 16 592 .4014 18 20 0 17 16 15 18 .330
17 USC .3509 9 16 1200 .4174 17 583 .3953 19 23 16 0 19 18 20 .240
18 Texas Tech .3242 14 19 604 .2101 20 284 .1925 12 12 10 13 13 10 12 .570
19 Boise State .3123 21 17 1142 .3972 14 634 .4298 23 22 12 21 0 0 24 .110
20 Nebraska .2568 NR 21 542 .1885 21 283 .1919 15 16 23 16 14 19 14 .390
21 West Virginia .2512 19 20 554 .1927 19 326 .2210 17 21 14 24 18 13 17 .340
22 Arizona .1692 NR NR 81 .0282 NR 14 .0095 14 13 15 15 12 14 16 .470
23 Texas .1640 23 22 392 .1363 22 200 .1356 20 19 20 25 20 16 23 .220
24 Oklahoma State .0893 NR 25 245 .0852 24 166 .1125 25 0 21 0 23 22 0 .070
25 Louisiana Tech .0784 NR 24 304 .1057 23 191 .1295 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Fun facts, via the National Football Foundation:

• First-time school(s) in the BCS Standings: Louisiana Tech. A total of 86 schools have appeared in the BCS Standings since they were created in 1998.

• Schools debuting in 2012 BCS Standings: No. 20 Nebraska, No. 22 Arizona, No. 24 Oklahoma, No. 25 Louisiana Tech.

• Dropped out of BCS Standings: No. 15 Rutgers, No. 22 Michigan, No. 24 Ohio, No. 25 Wisconsin.

• This week marks the first time in the history of the BCS Standings that five teams from the same conference have been ranked in the top 10: SEC - No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 LSU, No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 Florida, No. 8 South Carolina. The conference also extends its streak of having at least one team in the No. 1 or No. 2 position in 35 of the last 36 BCS Standings, dating back to Dec. 2, 2007.

• Kansas State has reached its highest-ever ranking at No. 2. The previous high was No. 3 for five consecutive weeks from Nov. 9 through Dec. 6, 1998 and last week's ranking on October 21, 2012.

• Notre Dame ties its highest-ever ranking at No. 3 (2002). The Fighting Irish have been in the top five for three consecutive weeks, the first time that has happened in the BCS era.

• Louisville has cracked the top 10 of the BCS Standings for the first time since Dec. 3, 2006. The Cards' position at No. 10 marks the first time a Big East team has been in the top 10 since Cincinnati (No. 3) in 2009.

• Five schools moved up four or more positions from last week's Standings: Louisville (16 to 10), Clemson (18 to 13), South Carolina (13 to 8), Georgia (10 to 6) and Texas A&M (20 to 16).

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