Nov. 17, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te

BCS Standings: It's Notre Dame and The SEC

The upset bug bit BCS Nos. 1 and 2 Kansas State and Oregon, leaving the sole eligible unbeaten Notre Dame atop the new standings.

The Fighting Irish blasted Wake Forest, 38-0, to move to 11-0. Notre Dame has 11 national championships, but none since 1988. The program also hasn’t been any closer to one since 1993 than it is now. That season, the Irish needed only to win its final regular season game but went on the road to face a longtime rival.

Boston College shocked Notre Dame, 41-39, to deny the Fighting Irish a shot at the championship. The players who wear the golden helmets today were toddlers when that game was played 19 years ago, so the memories aren’t exactly fresh. However, when they tread onto the Coliseum turf to face longtime rival USC this Saturday, they carry the hopes of the millions who remember those final seconds at Boston College like it was yesterday.

While Notre Dame tries to exorcise past demons and reclaim past glory, the SEC seems guaranteed to extend present day glory. Alabama ascended to No. 2, with conference mates Georgia and Florida right behind at Nos. 2 and 3. With LSU at 7 and Texas A&M at 9, the SEC occupies half of the BCS top 10.

Georgia is locked into the SEC championship game, giving it control over its BCS destiny. The Bulldogs would surge to No. 2 with a win over the SEC West, almost assuredly Alabama. The Crimson Tide needs only to defeat Auburn in the Iron Bowl to return to the SEC championship game for the first time since 2009.

A bizarre possibility exists that yet another title game could pit two members of the SEC against one another. Should Notre Dame lose to USC, and Oregon fall in the Civil War to Oregon State, the Pac-12 champion is assured two losses. At No. 4 and with a match-up against No. 10 Florida State ahead, Florida has the inside track on reaching No. 2 over Kansas State should the top shake out as described.

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 .9973 3 1 2863 .9958 1 1469 .9959 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.000
2 Alabama .9333 4 2 2732 .9503 2 1386 .9397 3 5 2 4 3 3 3 .910
3 Georgia .8763 5 3 2573 .8950 3 1348 .9139 6 4 5 7 7 6 4 .820
4 Florida .8434 6 5 2242 .7798 6 1166 .7905 2 2 6 2 2 2 2 .960
5 Oregon .8318 2 4 2483 .8637 4 1227 .8319 7 7 4 6 6 5 8 .800
6 Kansas State .7692 1 7 2161 .7517 8 1056 .7159 4 3 3 3 10 7 7 .840
7 LSU .7308 7 8 2077 .7224 7 1062 .7200 8 10 7 8 4 8 6 .750
8 Stanford .7077 13 11 1897 .6598 11 934 .6332 5 6 8 5 5 4 5 .830
9 Texas A&M .6526 8 10 1909 .6640 10 994 .6739 10 15 11 10 8 12 9 .620
10 Florida State .6363 10 6 2231 .7760 5 1199 .8129 17 18 16 15 0 22 16 .320
11 Clemson .6056 11 9 1953 .6793 9 1029 .6976 15 13 13 11 20 23 14 .440
12 South Carolina .5871 9 12 1647 .5729 12 853 .5783 11 14 10 12 11 9 10 .610
13 Oklahoma .5677 12 13 1530 .5322 13 798 .5410 9 9 9 14 9 11 12 .630
14 Nebraska .4790 14 14 1275 .4435 14 654 .4434 12 11 15 9 12 15 11 .550
15 Oregon State .4499 16 15 1202 .4181 17 563 .3817 12 8 14 13 13 10 13 .550
16 Texas .4235 15 17 1088 .3784 15 593 .4020 14 12 12 16 14 13 17 .490
17 UCLA .3826 17 16 1144 .3979 16 590 .4000 16 16 18 17 16 18 18 .350
18 Rutgers .2432 22 19 756 .2630 19 408 .2766 21 20 20 18 25 0 20 .190
19 Michigan .2253 21 20 575 .2000 20 289 .1959 19 19 22 20 17 20 15 .280
20 Louisville .2165 19 18 898 .3123 18 453 .3071 26 23 0 21 0 0 0 .030
21 Oklahoma State .2042 24 22 425 .1478 21 258 .1749 18 17 17 22 19 16 0 .290
22 Boise State .1043 NR 21 426 .1482 22 243 .1647 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
23 Kent State .0955 NR 25 196 .0682 25 86 .0583 22 24 19 19 0 0 19 .160
24 Arizona .0836 NR NR 21 .0073 NR 5 .0034 20 21 23 23 15 14 21 .240
25 Washington .0643 25 NR 53 .0184 NR 36 .0244 23 25 24 0 18 17 22 .150

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