Nov 10, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te

BCS: Kansas State New #1, Notre Dame Still #3


The Irish may be playing out of their minds but luck is clearly not on their side — neither is the BCS system. After winning yet another game on Saturday and improving to 10-0 on the season, the Irish still can’t make it past No. 3 in the BCS rankings even after the former No. 1 Crimson Tide were knocked off by Texas A&M.

Speaking of Alabama, their fall wasn’t nearly as serve as it could have been as they slip back just three spots to No. 4 and could logically play for the National Championship this season, but they’ll need a lot of help, a miracle and a prayer to even get a whiff of a chance. Instead, it’s Colin Klein and the Kansas State Wildcats taking Alabama’s spot atop the BCS with Chip Kelly’s Oregon squad moving up to No. 2.

But the story is how Notre Dame has hung in games the entire year but are still ranked No. 3 in the BCS. The reason for your argument could go either way, as some in favor of Notre Dame as the No. 2 team in the country will say the Irish have beaten more formidable opponents than both Kansas State and Oregon despite the low scores across the board. Those against Notre Dame being so high in the BCS will cite those low scores and the near overtime losses the Irish have had this year and find No. 3 a stretch.

BCS STANDINGS

BCS Harris Poll USA Today Computer Rankings
RK TEAM AVG PVS RK PTS % RK PTS % AVG A&H RB CM KM JS PW %
1 Kansas State .9674 2 2 2774 .9649 2 1427 .9675 2 1 1 3 2 2 2 .970
2 Oregon .9497 3 1 2844 .9892 1 1460 .9898 4 4 3 5 4 5 4 .870
3 Notre Dame .9396 4 3 2634 .9162 3 1346 .9125 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 .990
4 Alabama .8534 1 4 2494 .8675 5 1243 .8427 5 5 4 4 5 9 5 .850
5 Georgia .8328 5 5 2398 .8341 4 1260 .8542 6 6 5 6 7 4 6 .810
6 Florida .7955 6 7 2113 .7350 7 1079 .7315 3 3 6 2 3 3 3 .920
7 LSU .7331 7 8 2082 .7242 8 1040 .7051 7 7 7 9 6 6 7 .770
8 Texas A&M .6621 15 10 1842 .6407 10 967 .6556 8 9 10 8 8 10 8 .690
9 South Carolina .6349 8 11 1732 .6024 11 903 .6122 8 8 9 10 9 8 9 .690
10 Florida State .6071 10 6 2175 .7565 6 1143 .7749 17 16 17 14 0 0 16 .290

When all is said and done, we know what tickles the BCS: blowouts and beating name schools. Oregon has made it their thing to run up the score on teams and have beaten name opponents but not necessarily ranked schools. Kansas State’s crowing achievement thus far is knocking off Oklahoma on the road in an impressive win.

There’s still two regular season games left for Notre Dame to leave their mark including a season finale against the USC Trojans. Kansas State has one ranked opponents left in Texas (who really scares no one), while Oregon has two ranked games left against No. 13 Stanford, who beat USC when they were ranked No. 2, and No. 16 Oregon State who knocked off a highly ranked Wisconsin team earlier this year.

Notre Dame, still being an Independent, won’t have a championship game and is in the best position to win out and wait out a chance at the title. There’s still a lot of football left, and a lot can happen but the National Championship picture is starting to look a lot more clear.

Tags: BCS Kansas State Wildcats NCAA Notre Dame Irish Oregon Ducks

  • Collin

    This is bullshit! Notre Dame is way better than #3 in the BCS! People be hating!

    • Charles

      Ummmm check your facts dude, Notre Dame blows hardcore chunks. They beat navy, that’s their only blowout win and then they almost lost the rest of their games so shut up when you don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • http://www.facebook.com/michael.maesch Michael Maesch

        They beat Miami by 37 points and Michigan State and Oklahoma by 17 points. Take your own advice… check your facts and shut up… dude.

  • billyspivitz

    Jesus Christ. I think even my wife knows that the Big 12 doesn’t have a conference championship game anymore. And that Texas is ranked, and most likely will be when K-State plays their final game of the season on 12/1.