The Alabama Crimson Tide remained atop the Bowl Championship Series standings released Sunday night, continuing their drive for a berth in the national championship game.
The standings placed Kansas State at No. 2 and Notre Dame third. Oregon, ranked second in both polls, placed fourth.
Alabama heads to Baton Rouge on Saturday to play LSU, who are placed fifth in the standings.
With Alabama continuing to be solidly in first place in the polls and in the BCS Standings, the focus remains on the other undefeated teams jockeying for position behind the Tide.
“I do think it’s human nature to see which team could give Alabama the best game,” said ESPN analyst Jesse Palmer in discussing the shuffle of teams behind the Crimson Tide. “It’s not who beats Alabama next week, it’s who beats them when you give Nick Saban and Kirby Smart a month to prepare.”
The Oregon Ducks continue to be ranked lower in the BCS than in the human polls, but Oregon’s schedule gets tougher from here on out, and their standing could improve as the top teams battle for that second spot in the standings.
“Oregon is not gonna drop in the Harris poll,” said ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, in discussing Oregon’s fourth-place spot. “I still feel Oregon will control its own destiny. They’re eventually gonna catch up to the top two in the Harris and the computers.”