The Alabama Crimson Tide moved up two spots to take over the No. 2 spot in the new Bowl Championship Series standings released Sunday night. Alabama benefited from the losses by Kansas State and Oregon, and is back in the race for the national championship.
Notre Dame got an even bigger boost by the weekend’s games, moving up three spots to take over the top spot. The Fighting Irish now have a clear path to the BCS title game if they defeat USC.
Alabama would face Georgia in the SEC Championship game, and the Bulldogs are the new No. 3 team in the standings.
Florida is a solid No. 2 in the computer polls, and came in at No. 4 in the BCS standings. Oregon fell to No. 5 in the BCS after their loss to Stanford. Kansas State fell from the top spot to No. 6 after their loss to Baylor.
LSU took No. 7 in the standings, while the Stanford Cardinal rose to No. 8 after beating Oregon. Texas A&M are at No. 9, and Florida State rounded out the top ten.
I think it’s all about when you lose,” said ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit about the shifting polls. “The later you lose, the more you’re gonna drop down.”
Herbstreit said the SEC has earned the benefit of a doubt by winning six straight BCS titles.
“If you look at their top five or six teams and compare them, there’s no comparison. It’s not necessarily preferential treatment, it’s that they earn it.”