The final BCS rankings at the end of the 2012 regular season. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Alabama Crimson Tide were ranked number 1 and 2 respectively. This means that Notre Dame and Alabama will meet in Miami on January 7th to play for the National Championship. This is the second consecutive year that Alabama has been in the National Championship game and the third time in 4 years.
After a day of upsets, Notre Dame is NAfter a day of upsets, Notre Dame is No. 1 in the land and the SEC has regained its superiority near the top of the BCS standings. The Fighting Irish moved up from No. 3 to the No. 1 spot because it is now the last eligible undefeated team in the country. Notre Dame is the third new No. 1 team in the past three weeks. “Now we don’t have to answer questions about style points or politics,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. “Now we have a chance to play for the national championship this week.” Notre Dame, ranked No. 1 in both polls and by the computer ratings, needs only to beat slumping rival Southern California on Saturday in Los Angeles to earn its first trip to the BCS title game. On Saturday, old No. 1 Kansas State lost at Baylor 52-24, and No. 2 Oregon fell in overtime to Stanford, 17-14. No. 2 Alabama filled the vacuum and regained its spot in the national championship, with SEC compatriots Georgia at No. 3 and Florida No. 4.o. 1 in the land and the SEC has regained it superiority near the top of the BCS standings.
The latest Bowl Championship Series standings are out, and as expected, there has been quite a shakeup at the top. Kansas State and Oregon have been replaced at the top by Notre Dame and Alabama. It didn’t take long for the Crimson Tide to rebound from a Nov. 10 loss to Texas A&M, thanks to help from Baylor and Stanford. Only two weeks remain before the two teams who will meet in the 2013 BCS Championship Game will be determined. It appears to be coming down to a six-team race, though that might be a generous assessment to Kansas State.
It was like New Years Eve in Tuscaloosa Saturday night. Fans and some players (Barrett Jones makes a cameo in this video) took to the streets around the University of Alabama to celebrate Kansas State and Oregon losing games they were expected to win. Kansas State was shocked by Baylor 52-24 on the road and Oregon lost to Stanford 17-14 in overtime at home. And now, the Crimson Tide is No. 2 in the newest BCS standings. Notre Dame, the country’s only undefeated team, is No. 1, and Georgia, who Bama could face in the SEC Championship game if they make it past Auburn this weekend, is lurking at No. 3.
Roy Kramer, the founding father of the Bowl Championship Series, watched with enjoyment as college football’s upsets Saturday night shook up the national championship race. He knows the criticisms of the BCS. He knows the four-team playoff is coming in 2014. And he knows millions of Americans watched Oregon-Stanford and Kansas State-Baylor games that they wouldn’t normally care about without the creation of the BCS in 1998. “All the people who thought it was bad for college football enjoyed last night, didn’t they?” said Kramer, a former SEC commissioner. “We thought we could add a little excitement and interest to the college game and I think last night demonstrated it.
The same three teams that are ranked 1-2-3 in the shaken-up major polls are the top three teams at the top of the Harris poll. No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia all moved up two spots, while Oregon fell three spots to No. 4 and Kansas State dropped five spots to No. 7. Oregon lost to Stanford 17-14 in overtime and Kansas State lost 52-24 at Baylor on Saturday night.
Thanks to some shocking losses Saturday night, Alabama has moved up two spots to No. 2 in the new Associated Press poll that was released Sunday morning. Notre Dame also moved up two spots, to No. 1. It received every first-place vote. Notre Dame and Alabama also are ranked 1-2 in the USA Today coaches’ poll. Oregon, which had been ranked No. 1, lost to Stanford 17-14 in overtime Saturday and fell to No. 5. Kansas State, which had been ranked No. 2, lost 52-24 at Baylor and fell to No. 7.
In the wake of two stunning upsets, Alabama has moved up three spots to No. 2 in the latest USA Today coaches’ poll that was released Sunday morning. Notre Dame (11-0), the only undefeated team that remains in the top 25, moved up two spots to No. 1. Notre Dame and Alabama also are ranked 1-2 in The Associated Press poll.
Oregon and Kansas State (or Kansas State and Oregon, according to the poll) were generally considered the top two teams int he country heading into Saturday’s games. But both teams lost and things will be different at the top of the polls today. On my Harris Poll ballot, Notre Dame is now the No. 1 team in the country and Alabama, just two Saturdays after losing the No. 1 spot in a loss to Texas A&M, is at No. 2.
Former University of South Alabama athletics director Joe Gottfried, who is in his first year as a voter on the Harris Interactive College Football Poll, has made a chance at the top of his ballot this week based on the results of a crazy Saturday. Notre Dame now occupies the No. 1 spot on Gottfried’s ballot, with Alabama the No. 2 team. He completes his top five team with Oregon at No. 3, Georgia at No. 4 and Florida in the No. 5 position. Gottfried’s Top 10 is completed with Florida State at No. 6, followed in order by Stanford, LSU, Texas A&M and Kansas State.
Tonight marks the second time Alabama fans have celebrated as if the Crimson Tide had won another national championship. First came the fan celebrations after “New Life in Death Valley.” Tonight, it was new life in the BCS race. Above as a fan reaction video after BCS-No. 1 Kansas State and BCS-No. 2 Oregon, were upset Saturday night. It is widely assumed Alabama – currently No. 4 in the BCS – will jump as high as No. 2 in the BCS when the standings are released Sunday night.
Kansas State and Oregon are now on course to play for the BCS national championship. After Alabama was upset by Texas A&M, the new BCS standings have the Wildcats (.9674) first and the Ducks (.9497) second.
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. The Crimson Tide, No. 1 in both the USA Today and Harris polls, rallied for a 21-17 win at LSU on Saturday and were rewarded by the computer average that makes up one-third of the BCS standings.
No. 3 Kansas State and No. 4 Notre Dame each moved up a spot in The Associated Press college football poll, setting up a final four of sorts for the last month of the regular season. Alabama is No. 1 for the ninth straight week and it is unanimous. The Crimson Tide received all 60 first-place votes. Oregon is No. 2 for the sixth straight week.
With eight games under its belt, Alabama is what it is when it pertains to its various statistical measurements. Right now, it’s proven to be pretty darn good in the same areas in which it’s been pretty darn good over the past few seasons. Saturday’s 38-7 win over Mississippi State further established that assessment.