Notre Dame’s big win over Oklahoma this weekend gained the Irish some points in the eyes of the BCS computers. Those gains, combined with Florida’s loss to Georgia that moved Notre Dame up to 4th in both the Harris and AP Polls were enough to push the Irish to 3rd in the latest BCS Rankings after heading into the weekend 5th.
Notre Dame lost a little ground in the computers last week, but with their 30-13 win over Oklahoma on Saturday night, the computers started favoring the Irish again and now have the Irish ranked first along with Kansas State. The Wildcats had an impressive win of their own – a 55-24 beat down of #14 Texas Tech at home in the Little Apple. That win was enough to keep Kansas State ranked ahead of the Irish in the human polls and as a result in the BCS Rankings as well.
Alabama remains in the top spot of the BCS rankings again this week after they beat up on #11 Mississippi State setting up a showdown with #5 LSU in Baton Rouge this weekend. Geaux Tigers?
Notre Dame edged ahead of Oregon in this week’s rankings even though the Ducks dismantled Colorado 70-14 this weekend in preparation for their trip to Los Angeles next week to take on USC which in a a cruel twist of the nature of the BCS will have Notre Dame fans rooting for the Torjans – or at the very least not being upset if they take down the Ducks.
Michigan didn’t do much to help Notre Dame by getting upset by Nebraska this weekend and possibly losing Denard Robinson in the process. As a result, the Wolverines dropped out of the BCS rankings this week.
Stanford did help Notre Dame by winning again this weekend although their 7 point win over lowly Washington State doesn’t speak too well for what the Cardinal may do in two weeks when they travel to Eugene to face off with Oregon.
The only other Notre Dame opponent in the top 25 is USC. The Trojans however, dropped to 17th from 9th after getting upset by Arizona. They can help Notre Dame’s national championship cause next week though by taking down #4 Oregon. A win by Southern Cal would not only remove another undefeated team from the title race, but a win by USC over #4 Oregon would help out Notre Dame’s strength of schedule.
Now that we were entering the final month of the season with the Irish still undefeated and very much alive for the national championship, be on the look out for a scoreboard watching column in the near future recapping the games that affect Notre Dame on a weekly basis and looking ahead to the coming week.
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