Full BCS rankings for Week 14: Notre Dame-Alabama top, Kent State could steal Oklahoma's spot

Kirk Irwin

The question coming into Sunday night, considering Notre Dame and either Alabama or Georgia have all but locked up spots in the BCS National Championship Game: can the non-AQs crowd Oklahoma out of a BCS bowl spot?

The 2012 BCS bowl picture is likely to see a non-AQ finish ahead of the lowest-ranking AQ conference champion -- in this case, either Boise State, Kent State or Northern Illinois (or all of them!) above the Big East champion. And if one of those three can finish at No. 16 or better, it'll likely be going to either the Sugar Bowl against Florida or the Orange Bowl to take on Florida State.


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Kent State's all the way up at No. 17, meaning a win over NIU would put them in very good shape to make the BCS, especially if UCLA loses. Don't count Boise State or NIU out yet, either. Sooners fans should probably root for Northern Illinois and Nevada and UCLA this weekend, though.

The full BCS Top 25 for November 25, via ESPN.com:


BCS
Harris Poll USA Today Computer Rankings
RK TEAM AVG PVS RK PTS % RK PTS % AVG A&H RB CM KM JS PW %
1 Notre Dame .9979 1 1 2869 .9979 1 1469 .9959 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.000
2 Alabama .9236 2 2 2740 .9530 2 1398 .9478 3 5 3 5 3 7 4 .870
3 Georgia .8911 3 3 2599 .9040 3 1341 .9092 4 4 5 7 5 4 3 .860
4 Florida .8882 4 5 2435 .8470 5 1265 .8576 2 2 6 2 2 2 2 .960
5 Oregon .8626 5 4 2507 .8720 4 1277 .8658 5 6 2 4 6 3 7 .850
6 Kansas State .7735 6 6 2229 .7753 7 1114 .7553 6 3 4 6 11 6 9 .790
7 LSU .7357 7 7 2142 .7450 6 1124 .7620 8 10 8 9 4 9 8 .700
8 Stanford .7299 8 8 2059 .7162 9 1008 .6834 6 7 7 3 7 5 6 .790
9 Texas A&M .6861 9 9 2038 .7089 8 1076 .7295 11 12 11 10 10 11 10 .620
10 South Carolina .6689 12 10 1862 .6477 10 972 .6590 8 9 10 8 9 8 5 .700
11 Oklahoma .6129 13 11 1706 .5934 11 878 .5953 10 8 9 12 8 10 12 .650
12 Nebraska .5393 14 13 1493 .5193 13 765 .5186 12 11 12 11 12 13 11 .580
13 Florida State .4645 10 12 1614 .5614 12 829 .5620 19 22 16 16 23 21 18 .270
14 Clemson .4570 11 14 1446 .5030 14 720 .4881 14 16 13 14 20 0 16 .380
15 Oregon State .3790 15 15 975 .3391 17 410 .2780 13 13 14 13 13 12 13 .520
16 UCLA .3304 17 16 919 .3197 16 445 .3017 15 15 23 17 15 16 19 .370
17 Kent State .2512 23 18 705 .2452 19 337 .2285 18 20 15 15 0 0 15 .280
18 Texas .2492 16 20 564 .1962 21 312 .2115 17 14 20 20 16 14 22 .340
19 Michigan .2094 19 23 434 .1510 24 158 .1071 15 17 25 19 14 17 14 .370
20 Boise State .2030 22 17 817 .2842 15 479 .3247 30 0 24 0 0 0 0 .000
21 Northern Illinois .1936 NR 19 619 .2153 18 377 .2556 23 23 19 21 0 0 23 .110
22 Northwestern .1865 NR 21 479 .1666 20 314 .2129 21 19 0 22 21 23 20 .180
23 Oklahoma State .1646 21 25 392 .1363 NR 129 .0875 19 18 17 25 17 15 0 .270
24 Utah State .1171 NR 22 438 .1523 22 264 .1790 28 0 21 0 0 0 24 .020
25 San Jose State .0974 NR NR 118 .0410 NR 105 .0712 21 21 22 18 0 25 17 .180

If none of the non-AQs can finish No. 16 or better, it looks all but certain that Oklahoma will play Florida in the Sugar and the winner of Louisville-Rutgers will play Florida State in the Orange. Everything else is all but set -- this is, of course, until something completely wacky happens next Saturday, as is custom.

Fun facts, via the National Football Foundation:

• First-time school(s) in the BCS Standings: Utah State and San Jose State. A total of 90 schools have appeared in the BCS Standings since they were created in 1998. Seven schools have made their first appearances in the Standings this season.

• Schools debuting in 2012 BCS Standings: No. 21 Northern Illinois, No. 24 Utah State, No. 25 San Jose State.

• Dropped out of BCS Standings: No. 18 Rutgers, No. 20 Louisville, No. 24 Arizona, No. 25 Washington.

• In the previous 14 seasons of the BCS, the teams ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the next-to-last week Standings have met for the BCS National Championship seven times, including each of the last two seasons.

• Kent State reaches its highest-ever place in the BCS Standings at No. 17 after debuting in the Standings for the first time in school history last week. The Golden Flashes' current ranking is the highest position for a MAC school since Ball State reached No. 12 on Nov. 30, 2008.

• For the second week in a row, the top nine teams remain exactly the same. The last time this happened in consecutive weeks was in the last two weeks of the 2000 BCS Standings.

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