Oregon passes Notre Dame in BCS rankings


by Matt Mitchell

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Posted on November 4, 2012 at 8:41 PM

 Alabama secured its hold at the top of the BCS standings a day after winning its biggest road test of the season.

Kansas State remained No. 2, while No. 3 Oregon passed No. 4 Notre Dame in the latest standings released Sunday night. All three contenders won on Saturday.

Last week, Alabama was rated No. 1 by only one of the six computer formulas. After beating LSU, four of the computers rate Bama No. 1. The Tide are 2nd and 3rd in the other computers -- Notre Dame is No. 1 in both of those. The average discounts the six computers' highest and lowest rating.

Alabama's advantage over Kansas State in the full BCS average increased from to .0359 to .0639.

Oregon, ranked second in both polls, jumped to No. 3 after winning at USC 62-51, while Notre Dame barely won at home against Pitt, 29-26 in triple overtime.

Alabama finishes the regular season with home games against No. 15 Texas A&M, Western Carolina and Auburn.

Kansas State plays at TCU this week, then travels to Baylor before finishing at home against No. 17 Texas.

Oregon is at Cal on Saturday night, then at home against No. 14 Stanford, and ends its season at No. 11 Oregon State.

Notre Dame concludes its season away to Boston College, at home against Wake Forest, and at No. 19 USC.

Of the four, only Alabama and Oregon would have to play in their conference championships before bowl season begins.

LSU fell two spots from fifth to seventh after its loss.

No. 9 Louisville, the only other eligible unbeaten team, passed No. 10 Florida State to move up one spot.