ND still No. 1 in BCS, AP polls
Notre Dame, which completed an undefeated regular season Saturday, is No. 1 in the latest BCS standings and has secured a spot in the Discover BCS National Championship Game.
Notre Dame defeated USC 22-13 Saturday night to clinch its spot.
The Irish, also voted No.l in the Associated Press poll, pulled down a .9979 rating in the BCS standings. They are followed by Alabama (.9236), Georgia (.8911), Florida (.8882) and Oregon (.8626) in the top five.
Notre Dame will almost certainly play the winner of the SEC Championship Game, to be played Saturday between AP No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia.
The top 9 teams remained unchanged in this week’s BCS standings. Next Sunday’s edition is the final one of the 2012 season.
After the championship matchup, the BCS picture is still as murky as the Florida swamps. The No. 4 Gators could secure a bid in the Allstate Sugar Bowl if they pass the Alabama-Georgia loser in next week’s standings.
If the loser of the SEC championship falls below Florida, it could find itself out of the BCS picture altogether because the No. 3 team is guaranteed a BCS bowl bid and no more than two schools per conference can receive bids.
At the other end of the standings, No. 17 Kent State (11-1) is just one place away from earning a spot in a BCS bowl after moving up six places this week.
The Golden Flashes play No. 21 Northern Illinois in the MAC championship on Friday. If the winner of that game moves up to No. 16 and remains ahead of a conference champion from an automatic-qualifying school, it will crash the BCS party.
There is no Big East team ranked in the top 25, and there is room for Kent State to move up if No. 16 UCLA loses to No. 8 Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship on Friday and No. 18 Texas loses at No. 6 Kansas State.
No. 20 Boise State also has an outside chance to break into the top 16.
The other big movers in this week’s standings came from the ACC. No. 13 Florida State dropped three spots after losing to Florida on Saturday, and No. 14 Clemson also fell three spots after losing to South Carolina, which cracked the top 10.
The Pac-12 was more fortunate. UCLA actually moved up one spot to No. 16 after losing to Stanford, and No. 15 Oregon State did not move after losing to No. 5 Oregon.
Toward the bottom of the AP rankings, there was plenty of movement. Ten Top 25 teams lost this weekend, the most since Oct. 11, 2003.
No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia, both easy winners in rivalry games Saturday, held their spots in the rankings and will play for the SEC title in Atlanta next weekend.
Ohio State remained No. 4 after completing its perfect season with a victory against Michigan. The Buckeyes (12-0) are banned from the postseason because of NCAA sanctions.
Florida moved up a spot to No. 5 after beating Florida State.