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Full BCS standings won't come out until Sunday night, but the first computer component is now out, and Oregon still has a lot of virtual ground to make up. Follow @SBNationCFB
Kansas State's No. 2 spot in the BCS standings could be safe for another week, with Jeff Sagarin's BCS-hampered* rankings slotting Oregon at No. 7, well behind both K-State and Notre Dame. Alabama should strengthen its hold on the overall No. 1 spot, leaping from a poor showing in the computers all year to the new Elo Chess No. 1 after beating LSU.
* Elo Chess isn't allowed to use scoring margin as a factor, but counts as an official part of the BCS anyway. Check his non-Elo Chess rankings for something way less crazy.
One piece of good news for Oregon: the computers seem to like the Pac-12's upper half, with even Arizona ranking well and two future Ducks opponents in the top 13 here. Notre Dame can't go any higher unless somebody loses, and will have to deal with both sliding computer rankings and poll disappointment, so the race for No. 2 is looking like it will come down to K-State and Oregon.
Sagarin's BCS Top 25 for this week:
- Kansas State
- Notre Dame
- South Carolina
- Ohio State
- Oregon State
- Texas A&M
- Texas Tech
- Oklahoma State
- Mississippi State
- Iowa State
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