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!
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:
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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