A pair of upsets late Saturday may open the door for Notre Dame to rise to No. 1 in the polls and the BCS ranking.
In Waco, Texas, Glasco Martin ran for three touchdowns, Lache Seastrunk had 185 yards rushing with an 80-yard score and Baylor again upset the BCS picture with a late-season victory, beating second-ranked Kansas State 52-24 Saturday night.
A week after the Wildcats (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) took over the No. 1 spot in the BCS standings following Alabama’s loss, another team will get its chance on top.
Undefeated Notre Dame (11-0) could get its championship shot. The Irish play at USC on Saturday. No. 21 USC lost 38-28 to No. 17 UCLA.
Moments late in Eugene, Ore., Jordan Williamson hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime and No. 14 Stanford upset No. 1 Oregon 17-14, denying the Ducks a chance to clinch the Pac-12 North and derailing their straight shot to the BCS championship game.
K-State quarterback Collin Klein may be a Heisman Trophy front-runner no more after throwing three interceptions while being pressured and harassed all night by Baylor (5-5, 2-5).
He threw for 286 yards, but had only 39 yards on 17 carries.
Nick Florence, the successor to Heisman winner Robert Griffin III, threw both of his touchdowns in the first half when the Bears jumped out to a 28-7 lead.
On the same November weekend last season, Baylor upset then fifth-ranked Oklahoma after two teams ahead of the Sooners had already lost that day.
If both Stanford and Oregon finish with wins in their final games next weekend, both will finish with one conference loss, which means Stanford will win the head-to-head matchup and go to the Pac-12 championship game for a chance to play in the Rose Bowl.
Stanford (9-2, 7-1) will visit UCLA, which defeated No. 21 USC 32-29 earlier in the day to claim the Pac-12 South.
Oregon (10-1, 7-1) will play rival Oregon State in the annual Civil War rivalry game in Corvallis.
The loss snapped a 13-game winning streak for the Ducks, which was longest current streak in the nation. It was Stanford’s fifth straight win.
Oregon was the only Pac-12 team that Stanford hadn’t defeated over the past two seasons.