Kansas State moved to No. 2 in the Bowl Championship Series standings behind the top-ranked University of Alabama to improve its chances of playing for college football’s national title for the first time.
The University of Florida had been ranked second and slipped five spots with a 17-9 loss to Georgia two days ago in Jacksonville, Florida. Kansas State improved to 8-0 for the first time since 1999 with its 55-24 win against Texas Tech.
Alabama has topped the BCS since the first standings were released Oct. 14 and moved to 8-0 with a 38-7 win over formerly unbeaten Mississippi State two days ago. The Crimson Tide has a .976 rating out of 1.000 in the standings, which are determined using the USA Today coaches’ poll, Harris Interactive poll and six computer rankings. Kansas State is at .940.
Notre Dame is ranked third at .915, followed by fellow unbeaten Oregon at .914.
The Fighting Irish are 8-0 for the first time since 2002 after winning 30-13 at then-eighth ranked Oklahoma on Oct. 27. Oregon is also 8-0 after routing Colorado 70-14. The Ducks are ranked second by the coaches and in the Harris poll, yet are hurt by an average computer ranking of fifth.
Louisiana State (7-1) is the highest-ranked one-loss team at No. 5 and will host Alabama on Nov. 3 in Baton Rouge.
LSU is followed by three other Southeastern Conference teams, as Georgia (7-1) is ranked sixth, followed by Florida (7-1) and South Carolina (7-2). Florida State (8-1) and Louisville (8-0) round out the top 10.
The top two teams in the final BCS standings on Dec. 2 will play in the national championship game on Jan. 7 in Miami.