Kansas State is on top of the college football world.
The Wildcats, fresh off a 23-10 victory at TCU, moved up to No. 1 in the BCS standings for the first time Sunday night, giving them their first No. 1 ranking in any poll since 1998 when they spent four weeks on top of the USA Today Coaches poll.
They also moved up to No. 2 in both the AP and USA Today polls, receiving 14 first-place votes in each.
The only team ranked ahead of them in the human polls is Oregon, which came in at No. 2 in the BCS standings. The Ducks easily beat California on Saturday, and maintained their lead over No. 3 Notre Dame. The top three teams in the BCS standings all moved up one spot after Alabama suffered its first loss to Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide dropped to fourth, followed by Georgia.
If the season ended today, Oregon and K-State would play in the BCS championship game. If both teams win the remainder of their games, that is likely to occur.
For the first time since the BCS standings were revealed last month, there isnt much debate over who the favorites are. With Alabama, Oregon, K-State and Notre Dame all undefeated last week, only the Crimson Tide seemed to be in control of their destiny. But K-State and Oregon now have large enough leads that it doesnt appear anyone will catch them without first getting some help.
Undefeated Notre Dame is the top challenger, but its only marquee game remaining comes at USC, which has losses. K-State closes with a home game against surging Texas on Dec. 1 and Oregon will face Stanford, Oregon State and possibly play in the Pac-12 championship game.
Alabama will need to win out and hope two of those three teams suffer a loss to get back into the mix.
K-State is in the best position to play for a title, and will try to hold off everyone else starting Saturday at Baylor.
BCS Standings List
|1. Kansas St.||2||2774||.9649||2||1427||.9675||2||.9700||.9674||2|
|3. Notre Dame||3||2634||.9162||3||1346||.9125||1||.9900||.9396||4|
|8. Texas A&M||10||1842||.6407||10||967||.6556||8||.6900||.6621||15|
|9. South Carolina||11||1732||.6024||11||903||.6122||8||.6900||.6349||8|
|10. Florida St.||6||2175||.7565||6||1143||.7749||17||.2900||.6071||10|
|16. Oregon St.||16||1081||.3760||17||490||.3322||12||.5400||.4161||11|
|18. Southern Cal||18||886||.3082||21||343||.2325||17||.2900||.2769||19|
|20. Louisiana Tech||20||728||.2532||19||413||.2800||25||.0400||.1911||20|
|23. Texas Tech||22||325||.1130||25||106||.0719||20||.2400||.1416||22|
|24. Oklahoma St.||26||118||.0410||24||111||.0753||22||.2100||.1088||NR|
|1. Kansas St.||1||1||3||2||2||2|
|3. Notre Dame||2||2||1||1||1||1|
|8. Texas A&M||9||10||8||8||10||8|
|9. South Carolina||8||9||10||9||8||9|
|10. Florida St.||16||17||14||-||-||16|
|16. Oregon St.||11||13||12||13||12||13|
|18. Southern Cal||21||19||22||17||16||18|
|20. Louisiana Tech||-||22||24||-||-||24|
|23. Texas Tech||20||16||-||21||15||23|
|24. Oklahoma St.||19||18||-||19||19||-|
The BCS Average is calculated by averaging the percent totals of the Harris Interactive, USA Today Coaches and Computer polls. Team percentages are derived by dividing a team's actual voting points by a maximum 2875 possible points in the Harris Interactive Poll and 1475 possible points in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
Six computer rankings are used to determine the overall computer component. The highest and lowest ranking for each team is dropped, and the remaining four are added and divided to produce a Computer Rankings Percentage. The six computer ranking providers are Anderson & Hester, Richard Billingsley, Colley Matrix, Kenneth Massey, Jeff Sagarin, and Peter Wolfe. Each computer ranking accounts for schedule strength in its formula.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.