Kansas State held steady at No. 2 in the latest BCS standings released Sunday evening.
After beating Oklahoma State 44-30, the Wildcats (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) were able to hold off Oregon and Notre Dame and stay in position to reach the BCS championship game if they win their final three games. Alabama stayed on top of the standings with a comeback victory over LSU and Georgia moved into fifth.
The biggest move of the week came from the Ducks, who traded spots with the Fighting Irish. While Notre Dame struggled to beat Pittsburgh at home, Oregon impressively piled up yards and points in a victory at USC.
Oregon is ranked second in both the USA Today and Harris polls, which make up two thirds of the BCS formula, but it isn’t ranked as high in computer polls. That might change as the season continues, though. Its strength of schedule will continue with upcoming games against Stanford, Oregon State and a possible trip to the Pac 12 championship game.
If the Ducks win out, they could pass the Wildcats, ranked third in both human polls, and move into the top two. But K-State has a lead in the computer polls, and might also benefit from late games now that Texas has won three straight games and is ranked 17th in the BCS standings.
Last week, it appeared that Notre Dame could potentially move up the standings as well with a game remaining at USC, but it may now need help from the teams in front of it after falling to fourth.