Top Teams Remain the Same in BCS Standings


Top Teams Remain the Same in BCS Standings park

The top nine teams all picked up victories to remain static in the latest BCS Standings, however, significant change was seen below that with 11 ranked teams falling. The top two teams in the final BCS Standings, to be released on Sunday, Dec. 2, will meet in the BCS National Championship game in Miami on Jan. 7. However, in addition to the top two, being ranked in the top 14 is also critical as that allows for qualification to a BCS Bowl as an at-large team. If a champion from a non-automatic qualifying conference is in the top-16 and above a champion from an automatic-qualifier, then that team becomes automatic.

"Only one week remains in the best regular season in sports, and it's been a wild ride so far," said BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock. "Notre Dame's huge victory to solidify its No. 1 ranking, as well as the rest of this weekend's games, provided yet another example of why so many millions of us love college football. By this time next week, we will know who will play for the national championship in South Florida and who will fill all the other bowls across the country. I think I speak for all college football fans in saying we can't wait to see how it all plays out!"

Notre Dame, which closed an undefeated regular season with a 22-13 victory over USC remains at No. 1 and is in prime position to play in the national title game. Based on the standings, the Fighting Irish's likely opponent will be the winner of this Saturday's SEC Championship game between No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia.

November 25, 2012 BCS Standings

  1. Notre Dame (12-0) – Last Week: 1
  2. Alabama (11-1) – 2
  3. Georgia (11-1) – 3
  4. Florida (11-1) – 4
  5. Oregon (11-1) – 5
  6. Kansas State (10-1) – 6
  7. LSU (10-2) – 7
  8. Stanford (10-2) – 8
  9. Texas A&M (10-2) – 9
  10. South Carolina (10-2) – 12
  11. Oklahoma (9-2) – 13
  12. Nebraska (10-2) – 14
  13. Florida State (10-2) – 10
  14. Clemson (10-2) – 11
  15. Oregon State (8-3) – 15
  16. UCLA (9-3) – 17
  17. Kent State (11-1) – 23
  18. Texas (8-3) – 16
  19. Michigan (8-4) – 19
  20. Boise State (9-2) – 22
  21. Northern Illinois (11-1) – NR
  22. Northwestern (9-3) – NR
  23. Oklahoma State (7-4) – 21
  24. Utah State (10-2) – NR
  25. San Jose State (10-2) – NR

Florida remains at No. 4 in the Standings after a victory over archrival Florida State on Saturday. If the Gators move ahead of the loser of the SEC Championship game, then they will earn an automatic bid to a BCS Bowl game. However, if the Alabama-Georgia loser remains above Florida, then that team would be an automatic qualifier. Florida's lone loss of the year was to Georgia while the Gators did not play Alabama.

With Florida or the SEC title-tilt loser looking like an automatic qualifier, that means the lower-ranked of those two, as well as No. 7 LSU, No. 9 Texas A&M and No. 10 South Carolina will not be eligible for BCS bids as each league is limited to two.

No. 5 Oregon will be eligible for a BCS at-large selection, despite not qualifying for the Pac-12 Championship game, which will feature No. 16 UCLA traveling to play No. 8 Stanford in an immediate rematch of Saturday's 35-17 victory for Stanford. The winner advances to the Rose Bowl.

Kansas State remains at No. 6, needing a win on Saturday against No. 18 Texas to wrap up the Big 12 title and a bid to the Fiesta Bowl. If the Wildcats lose and No. 11 Oklahoma defeats TCU on Saturday, then the Sooners will go to the Fiesta Bowl, leaving K-State available as a potential at-large selection. If both Kansas State and Oklahoma win, then the Sooners will be a possible BCS at-large selection.

A very interesting mix in this week's Standings feature Kent State, Boise State and Northern Illinois – all highly-ranked teams from non-automatic-qualifying leagues. Kent State, which jumped from No. 23 all the way to No. 17 will play No. 21 Northern Illinois in the Mid-American Conference Championship game on Friday. A win for the Golden Flashes could very easily move them into the Top-16, ahead of the Big East Champion, which would mean an automatic bid to a BCS Bowl for the first time in school history. However, if Kent loses and Boise State defeats Nevada on Saturday, then the Broncos might have a chance to move to the top 16. Northern Illinois could also move up with a victory.

Other key weekend games include No. 12 Nebraska battling unranked Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship with a Rose Bowl bid on the line, No. 13 Florida State taking on unranked Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship with the winner going to the Orange Bowl, and Rutgers hosting Louisville on Thursday with the winner earning the Big East title and an automatic BCS bid. Rutgers and Louisville both dropped out of the rankings with losses this past Saturday.