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BCS
Avg Pv
1. Alabama .9957 1
2. Kansas St. .9318 2
3. Oregon .9166 4
4. Notre Dame .9050 3
5. Georgia .8171 6
6. Florida .7863 7
7. LSU .7054 5
8. South Carolina .6206 8
9. Louisville .6040 10
10. Florida St. .5969 9
11. Oregon St. .5965 11
12. Oklahoma .5812 12
13. Clemson .5772 13
14. Stanford .5086 14
15. Texas A&M .5060 16
16. Nebraska .3976 20
17. Texas .3593 23
18. UCLA .2533 NR
19. Southern Cal .1706 17
20. Louisiana Tech .1584 25
21. Mississippi St. .1453 15
22. Texas Tech .1422 18
23. Rutgers .1214 NR
24. Northwestern .0962 NR
25. Toledo .0796 NR
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Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon scores the winning touchdown past LSU’s Barkevious Mingo on Saturday in Baton Rouge, La.

Ducks jump past Irish in BCS poll

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is chased by USC defenders during the Ducks’ win Saturday night in Los Angeles.

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 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.

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