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K-State takes over No.1 spot in BCS

 
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  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
11 Clemson .5921 13 9 1972 .6859 9 1033 .7003 15 15 14 13 22 0 14 .390
12 Oklahoma .5797 12 12 1631 .5673 12 799 .5417 10 13 8 15 10 7 10 .630
13 Stanford .5705 14 13 1621 .5638 13 793 .5376 11 10 11 7 11 11 11 .610
14 Nebraska .4679 16 14 1239 .4310 14 653 .4427 13 12 15 11 12 18 12 .530
15 Texas .4259 17 15 1095 .3809 15 615 .4169 14 14 12 16 14 13 15 .480
16 Oregon State .4161 11 16 1081 .3760 17 490 .3322 12 11 13 12 13 12 13 .540
17 UCLA .2925 18 19 870 .3026 16 494 .3349 20 18 24 17 20 21 21 .240
18 USC .2769 19 18 886 .3082 21 343 .2325 17 21 19 22 17 16 18 .290
19 Louisville .2159 9 17 943 .3280 18 442 .2997 27 24 0 20 0 0 0 .020
20 Louisiana Tech .1911 20 20 728 .2532 19 413 .2800 25 0 22 24 0 0 24 .040
21 Michigan .1665 NR 24 264 .0918 23 144 .0976 16 17 21 18 18 20 17 .310
22 Rutgers .1529 23 21 571 .1986 20 354 .2400 27 25 0 19 0 0 25 .020
23 Texas Tech .1416 22 22 325 .1130 25 106 .0719 20 20 16 0 21 15 23 .240
24 Oklahoma State .1088 NR NR 118 .0410 24 111 .0753 22 19 18 0 19 19 0 .210
25 Washington .0850 NR NR 1 .0003 NR 7 .0047 19 22 23 25 15 14 19 .250

 

K-State now No. 1, SEC will need help

By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Maybe we’ll look back on Nov. 10, 2012, as the day the SEC dynasty died.

The time of death: 6 p.m. The cause of death: An AJ McCarron pass intercepted by Deshazor Everett in the end zone. The surprise executioner: another SEC team (albeit a new one in Texas A&M).

Alabama’s loss to Texas A&M on Saturday caused a seismic shift in the national championship race. The Tide dropped to No. 4 in the latest BCS standings, behind Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame, all of whom maintained their perfect records in Week 11. Although the SEC’s dominance still shows in the standings as spots four through nine are occupied by its members, the sport’s preeminent conference doesn’t have a team in the top three for the first time since the initial standings in 2010, when eventual national champion Auburn came in at No. 4.

But don’t sign the SEC’s death warrant just yet. Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame all face challenges in the coming weeks. All it takes is losses by two of the three to vault No. 4 Alabama or No. 5 Georgia back into the title game. If a 1-loss team makes it to Miami on Jan. 7, it’ll undoubtedly come from the SEC.

The polls are split on Alabama and Georgia, as the coaches have Georgia at No. 4 and the Harris voters have the Alabama at No. 4. The teams’ computer numbers are close in five of the six rating systems. Georgia is heading to the SEC championship Dec. 1, and, barring an Auburn win against Alabama, the Tide will meet the Bulldogs.

The SEC isn’t dead yet, but it needs help.

In a delicious twist of irony, the SEC’s No. 1 assassin has become USC coach Lane Kiffin. His 18th-ranked Trojans still play Notre Dame on Nov. 24. And if USC wins this week against No. 17 UCLA, it could be heading to Oregon to face a potentially unbeaten Ducks team. Mike Slive had a Principal Rooney-Ferris Bueller-type relationship with Kiffin when Kiffin coached in the SEC. Now Slive would ride Traveler through the streets of L.A. if USC takes two teams out of the national title race.

And it’s highly possible. If a team as talented as Alabama can look mortal in back-to-back games, other heavyweights can fall.

Oregon undoubtedly has the toughest road. The Ducks next host No. 13 Stanford, which overcame four turnovers Saturday to beat Oregon State for its fourth consecutive win. Oregon ruined the Cardinal’s perfect season in convincing fashion last year at Stanford Stadium. David Shaw’s team can do the same to the Ducks this week. If Oregon gets past Stanford, it must visit No. 16 Oregon State, another team that would love nothing more than to ruin perfection for its archrival. And there’s also the Pac-12 title game against the aforementioned Trojans or a UCLA team with the nation’s No. 13 offense.

Kansas State’s path isn’t smooth, either. Collin Klein and the Wildcats this week visit a Baylor team that ranks second nationally in both pass offense and total offense, and seventh in scoring. Although Klein should make easy work of the woeful Bears defense, a high-scoring opponent playing on its home field is always dangerous. Kansas State then finishes up against No. 15 Texas, which has won four straight since the Red River debacle and seems to have settled down on defense. The Wildcats will be at home, but how many times have we seen teams fumble away a spot in the title game before their faithful?

Notre Dame likely won’t catch Oregon or Kansas State if both teams win out, so the Irish need some help. They also must handle their business on Senior Day against Wake Forest before the USC showdown. Notre Dame won its last game at the L.A. Coliseum but dropped six of the previous seven there against USC.

Alabama’s loss shifts the spotlight away from the SEC and to the new Big Three. But the nation’s top conference is lurking, waiting and watching for an opportunity to rise once

 

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