As expected, the Alabama Crimson Tide fell from the top of the mountain in the new Bowl Championship Series standings, released Sunday night. Alabama dropped to fourth place in the standings after their 29-24 loss to the Texas A&M Aggies.
The No. 1 spot now belongs to the Kansas State Wildcats, followed by the Oregon Ducks. Notre Dame is in third place.
With these three teams remaining undefeated, partisans from all sides will continue the debate over who should be in the top spot as the 2012 season winds down.
“I think Oregon’s the best team in college football because of that firepower,” said ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit upon the release of the standings.
Alabama was projected by ESPN analyst Brad Edwards to face Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. However, there is a remote possibility the Crimson Tide could once again back into the BCS title game.
Crimson Tide fans will cheer for USC for the remainder of the season, as the Trojans will face Notre Dame on November 24, and Oregon in the PAC-12 title game should both teams win out. If Southern Cal beat both teams – and assuming Alabama wins the SEC title by defeating Georgia – there is an outside chance Alabama could face Kansas State for the national championship.