NEW YORK – Kansas State and Oregon are now on course to play for the BCS national championship.
After Alabama was upset by Texas A&M, the new BCS standings have the Wildcats (.9674) first and the Ducks (.9497) second.
Notre Dame (.9396) is third, not too far behind, but most likely in need of a loss by Oregon or Kansas State to reach the title game on Jan. 7 in Miami.
These teams are in their order and the only way that order changes is if somebody gets beat, said Jerry Palm of CBS Sports and collegebcs.com.
As for Alabama’s run at three titles in four seasons, and the Southeastern Conference’s string of six straight BCS titles, both are in peril.
Five SEC teams follow Alabama in the standings: Georgia, Florida, LSU, Texas A&M and South Carolina.
If the Ducks and Wildcats can avoid the type of upset that dropped Alabama – and they still face plenty of good teams – they will play for the national title.
The Fighting Irish are third in the polls and first in the computer ratings.
Notre Dame is not going to jump (Oregon and Kansas State) without their help, Palm said. They’re way too far behind in the polls. The voters are not on board with Notre Dame.
The Irish play Wake Forest on Saturday and are at USC two days after Thanksgiving.
Alabama (or Georgia or Florida, which could also both win the SEC with just one loss) needs two of the top three to lose to get to the title game no matter how it finishes.
Conference commissioners will meet today, hoping to come to a decision on whether to have a six- or seven-game format for the new college football playoff.
Support has waned for adding a seventh marquee bowl game to the semifinal rotation. But there is still a strong possibility some type of automatic access to the system will be given to the Big East and four other conferences currently without a bowl of their own.