Irish, SEC benefit from BCS shakeup

Irish, SEC benefit from BCS shakeup

On Saturday, the top two teams in the BCS lost on the same day for the first time since 2007. We take a look at how that affects the BCS standings.

1-- Notre Dame tops the BCS standings for the first time in school history after shutting out Wake Forest on Saturday. The Fighting Irish are the 17th different school to ascend to the top of the BCS standings.

Notre Dame’s chances of making the BCS Championship Game are high at this point. In the first 14 years of the BCS, the school ranked No. 1 with two weeks has gone on to play for the title 12 times.

The two that didn’t – Florida in 2009 and Alabama in 2008 – both lost in a conference championship game. Notre Dame has only one game left this season, against a USC team that just fell out of the BCS rankings.

2-- Speaking of Alabama, the Crimson Tide are back in line for the BCS Championship Game after falling from No. 1 to No. 4 last week. It is Alabama’s 38th straight week in the BCS standings, the longest active streak in FBS.

Alabama was the fifth school to drop out of the BCS Top-2 after spending at least four weeks atop the standings. The other two that did so before December – Ohio State in 2007 and Nebraska in 2001 – bounced back to play for the BCS title.

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3-- Stanford made the biggest jump in the standings, moving up five spots to No. 8 after winning in overtime at Oregon.

This is the 20th appearance in the Top-10 for the Cardinal, the third-most by any Pac-12 member.

4-- Kansas State drops from the top spot to No. 6 after losing by 28 points at Baylor.

The Wildcats are the first top-ranked BCS team to lose to a team that entered the game with a losing record.

Their 28-point loss tied the largest loss for a team ranked No. 1 in the BCS. Oklahoma lost by 28 – to Kansas State – in the Big 12 championship game in 2003.

This is a case of déjà vu for the Big 12 as it pursues a spot in the title game. Last season, Oklahoma State was 10-0 and ranked second in the BCS before losing to 5-4 Iowa State.

5-- Texas checks in at No. 16 this week and is the first school to appear in the BCS standings 100 times. The Longhorns have 10 more appearances than Oklahoma and Florida, which are tied for second with 90.