Ducks move up to No. 3 in BCS standings; Beavers 11th

Ducks move up to No. 3 in BCS standings; Beavers 11th

One down, one to go for Oregon.

The Ducks moved up a spot and passed Notre Dame in the BCS standings on Sunday, moving into third place behind Alabama and Kansas State.

Oregon is coming off its biggest victory of the season, winning 62-51 at Southern California on Saturday night. That result, combined with Notre Dame's overtime victory against a middling Pittsburgh team, helped nudge the Ducks by the Irish this week.

Alabama (.9957) is a rock solid No. 1 in both the polls and the BCS computer ratings this week. The Tide needs only to win out to reach the BCS title game for the third time in four seasons.

Kansas State (.9318) is third in the polls and in the computers, but second overall.

The Ducks (.9166) are a solid No. 2 in both polls, but still fifth in the computers.

But the Ducks have a stronger schedule than Kansas State from this point forward, making Oregon a strong bet to pass the Wildcats if it keeps winning and earn a spot in the BCS title game in Miami on Jan. 7.

The Ducks play at California on Saturday before finishing their regular season against two teams in the BCS top 15, Stanford and Oregon State. If they get to the Pac-12 title game, UCLA or USC would be the likely opponent. Both are in the BCS top 20.

Kansas State is at TCU and Baylor the next two weeks, before finishing with Texas on Dec. 1. The Longhorns are 17th in the BCS standings.

Notre Dame (.9050) is in fourth place with only one opponent with a winning record left on its schedule. The Fighting Irish are at Boston College on Saturday, then come home to face Wake Forest before a finale at USC.

Behind the Irish in the standings are four Southeastern Conference teams — Georgia, Florida, LSU, South Carolina.


    Harris    USA    Today    Computer    BCS
    Rk    Pts    Pct    Rk    Pts    Pct    Rk    Pct    Avg    Pv
1. Alabama    1    2867    .9972    1    1475    1.0000    1    .9900    .9957    1
2. Kansas St.    3    2664    .9266    3    1370    .9288    3    .9400    .9318    2
3. Oregon    2    2735    .9513    2    1399    .9485    5    .8500    .9166    4
4. Notre Dame    4    2533    .8810    4    1289    .8739    2    .9600    .9050    3
5. Georgia    5    2345    .8157    5    1218    .8258    6    .8100    .8171    6
6. Florida    7    2154    .7492    7    1091    .7397    4    .8700    .7863    7
7. LSU    8    2011    .6995    9    998    .6766    7    .7400    .7054    5
8. South Carolina    11    1654    .5753    11    880    .5966    8    .6900    .6206    8
9. Louisville    10    1825    .6348    10    940    .6373    13    .5400    .6040    10
10. Florida St.    6    2223    .7732    6    1147    .7776    19    .2400    .5969    9
11. Oregon St.    12    1588    .5523    12    807    .5471    8    .6900    .5965    11
12. Oklahoma    13    1556    .5412    13    800    .5424    10    .6600    .5812    12
13. Clemson    9    1969    .6849    8    1013    .6868    16    .3600    .5772    13
14. Stanford    14    1431    .4977    15    705    .4780    12    .5500    .5086    14
15. Texas A&M    15    1320    .4591    14    736    .4990    11    .5600    .5060    16
16. Nebraska    16    992    .3450    16    513    .3478    14    .5000    .3976    20
17. Texas    17    860    .2991    17    485    .3288    15    .4500    .3593    23
18. UCLA    21    587    .2042    19    333    .2258    17    .3300    .2533    NR
19. Southern Cal    18    690    .2400    22    224    .1519    23    .1200    .1706    17
20. Louisiana Tech    19    659    .2292    18    363    .2461    30    .0000    .1584    25
21. Mississippi St.    20    603    .2097    23    186    .1261    25    .1000    .1453    15
22. Texas Tech    25    203    .0706    27    68    .0461    18    .3100    .1422    18
23. Rutgers    22    475    .1652    20    264    .1790    28    .0200    .1214    NR
24. Northwestern    24    259    .0901    21    234    .1586    27    .0400    .0962    NR
25. Toledo    26    160    .0557    25    108    .0732    24    .1100    .0796    NR