BCS standings: Kansas State No. 1, SEC out of top 3, Georgia still behind Bama at No. 5

The SEC, which has won college football’s past six national championships, will be shut out of this season’s title game if the latest Bowl Championship Series standings hold up.

Alabama’s loss to Texas A&M on Saturday dropped the Crimson Tide from No. 1 to No. 4 in the BCS standings, behind three undefeated teams — No. 1 Kansas State, No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 Notre Dame — and ahead of No. 5 Georgia.

The top two teams in the final BCS standings, which will be released Dec. 2, meet for the national title Jan. 7 in Miami.

The latest standings, released Sunday night, hardly shut the door to the title game for the SEC. But for an SEC team to get there at this point apparently would require that two of the top three teams, all of which are 10-0, lose a game in the next few weeks.

If that happens, and if Georgia and Alabama win their final two regular-season games to carry 11-1 records into the SEC Championship game, the winner of the Dec. 1 game in the Georgia Dome could move into the BCS top two.

Georgia clinched an SEC title game berth by routing Auburn on Saturday. Alabama will be the Bulldogs’ opponent if the Crimson Tide beats Auburn on Nov. 24.

Alabama’s loss to A&M left the SEC without an undefeated team. Six one- or two-loss SEC teams are ranked Nos. 4 through 9 in this week’s BCS standings: Alabama (9-1), Georgia (9-1), Florida (9-1), LSU (8-2), Texas A&M (8-2) and South Carolina (8-2) in that order.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said he won’t dwell on scenarios that might or might not put the Bulldogs in the national title game.

“I’m not going to sit there and say, ‘If this, if that,’” Richt said. “We just know if we can keep winning, there’s a chance. But there will be who-knows-how-many teams thinking they still have a chance.”

If not Richt, plenty of other folks will be looking at the various permutations that could rearrange the BCS standings.

The three unbeaten teams atop the standings, all of which moved up one spot from last week, have some challenging games left on their regular-season schedules.

Kansas State has Big 12 games left against Baylor and Texas (No. 15 BCS). Oregon still must get by Stanford (No. 13), Oregon State (No. 16) and the Pac-12 Championship game. Notre Dame has games left against Wake Forest and USC (No. 18)

“If we win out,” Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray said, “who knows what happens, who might lose? But we can’t worry about that stuff.”

The BCS standings include three components that count one-third each: the USA Today poll of current coaches; the Harris Interactive poll of former coaches, administrators and players and current and former media members; and an average of six computer polls.

Georgia is No. 4 in this week’s USA Today poll (up from No. 5 last week), No. 5 in the Harris poll (same as last week) and No. 6 in the computers (same as last week). Overall, the Bulldogs’ No. 5 position is the same as last week.

Alabama, No. 1 across the board last week, fell to No. 5 in USA Today, No. 4 in Harris and No. 5 in the computers.

Oregon is No. 1 in the USA Today and Harris polls but trails Kansas State in the BCS standings because of the computers, which rank the Ducks No. 4 and the Wildcats No. 2 (behind Notre Dame).

Also, in this week’s Associated Press poll, which is not part of the BCS formula, Alabama is No. 4 and Georgia No. 5. Oregon is AP’s No. 1.

Watch video highlights from UGA’s win over Auburn.

– Tim Tucker, AJC

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P-Cola Dog

November 11th, 2012
9:44 pm

Real Talk

November 11th, 2012
9:46 pm

1st Sucka’s!!!! Go DAWGS!!!

Real Talk

November 11th, 2012
9:47 pm

Guess I’m 2nd!! So I’m the Sucka!!

Herschel Talker

November 11th, 2012
9:48 pm

first! and there is a chance!


November 11th, 2012
9:52 pm

Nothing matters–nothing–but one-win-at-a-time.
1. Beat Georgia Southern.
2. Beat Georgia Tech.
3. Beat Alabama.
4. Go wherever and beat whoever.


November 11th, 2012
9:56 pm

I told u clay eaters last night that Georgia wouldn’t jump Alabama. It is called class, tradition and the eye test. And no team beat 35-0 by the South Carolina first team will ever play for the national championship. Listen to Daddo. Daddo knows college football.


November 11th, 2012
9:57 pm

IF we beat Bama, two of the top three teams will have to lose a game for us to have a shot at the tile game.

That’s the only scenario that matters.


November 11th, 2012
9:59 pm

I would love to have a re-match with ND in the title game. Six SEC teams in the top 10. I don’t think ND could beat any of them.


November 11th, 2012
10:03 pm

ANTI-UGA bias continues.

UGA is one of ONLY three BCS teams to be ranked in the top 20 in scoring on offense AND defense, it’s a complete TEAM.

Notre Dame? 74th in scoring, beat 5 teams by 7 or less points.

Oregon? 54th in defense total yards.

Oregon 0
K St 1
Notre Dame 1

SEC has 5 teams ranked in the top 10
Notre Dame’s conference has 1
K St’s has 1
Oregon’s has 2.

Voters have lost their heads.


November 11th, 2012
10:06 pm

Notre Dame’s wins include:
20-17 over Purdue
17-14 over BYU
13-6 over Mich
20-13 in OT over Stanford
29-26 in 3 OT’s over Pitt

Notre Dame isn’t a top 10 ranked team.

Notre Dame ranks 74th in offensive scoring.

Notre Dame is a JOKE.


November 11th, 2012
10:09 pm

Oregon can’t play defense.

Oregon is ranked 32nd in defensive scoring.

Oregon is ranked 46th in total defensive yards.

Not a team. Just a high scoring offense against lousy non SEC defenses.

Oregon is a JOKE.


November 11th, 2012
10:15 pm

UGA is ranked in the top 40 RUSH AND PASS offense.

Notre Dame NEITHER. When they face an offense like UGA or Bama they’ll fall apart.

Oregon only RUSH. When they face a defense like Bama or UGA that can dstop the run, they’re 1 dimensional on offense.

UGA and Bama can both PASS AND RUSH.


November 11th, 2012
10:16 pm

Notre Dame’s PASS offense is ranked 91st in the nation.

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November 11th, 2012
10:17 pm

Oregon is ranked #54 in PASS offense. Too 1 dimensional.

dboy scott

November 11th, 2012
10:17 pm

I been watching these top teams the entire season. Truth be told K-State doesn’t impress me their qb Klein is overrated. He is no runner but runs all over sorry Big 12 teams. He will be contained and look average against top Sec defenses. ND is pretty good on D but I don’t believe their offense can score enough to keep up with the other top 5 teams. USC should handle them in LA. Oregon offense is the truth but we have seen this same story the past 3 to 4 years. Their defense can’t stop nobody! They will go to the NC game and play hopefully play a physical GA defense or Alabama Defense and get whipped upfront on both sides if the ball. Speaking of UGA. I think they are the most balance team in the country. The have a tough Defense who is playing great right now and a offense that will score on u. Alabama D is young and not experience. They were finally tested against a exploaive texas a&m offense. Ala QB Mccarens is average and is only a game manager. UGA and Ala are headed in two different directions at thia point in the season. Oregon vs. UGA in the NC!

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Delbert D.

November 11th, 2012
10:21 pm

At some point you have to ask yourself how Georgia would have fared if they had played this schedule during September and October:

Navy (Buffalo)
Purdue (Missouri)
Michigan State* (Fla. Atlantic)
Michigan (Vanderbilt)
Miami (Tennessee)
Stanford (South Carolina)
BYU (Kentucky)
Oklahoma* (Florida)

* away game

If it is 8-0, Georgia is probably equal to Notre Dame up to that point.


November 11th, 2012
10:26 pm


I enjoyed watching the Tide lose Saturday!


November 11th, 2012
10:26 pm

UGA defense is ranked #6 in nation in 2nd half points allowed.

Notre Dame & bama are both also in top 5.

K St is ranked #18 there.

Oregon? #75 in second half points allowed.

This is where games are won or lost.


November 11th, 2012
10:30 pm

If defense wins championships, it will come down to 4th quarter defense.

UGA is ranked #8 in 4th quarter points allowed, Notre dame and Bama are also in the top 10.

K St? #68 in 4th quarter points allowed. Very average.

Oregon? #74 in 4th quarter points allowed. Below average.

Diamond Dawg

November 11th, 2012
10:32 pm

Stay focused men and don’t take Southern or Tech lightly. The good thing is… we get to prepare for 2 teams that run the same option offense. Then turn focus on Bama. They can be beaten as proven by TAMU. Go Dawgs!


November 11th, 2012
10:36 pm

Going off of current top 25 rankings,

here is how many top 10 ranked teams each team has played:

Kansas St = 0
Oregon = 0
Notre Dame = 0
Georgia = 1
Bama = 2


November 11th, 2012
10:41 pm

Daddo doesn’t know doodoo.

Delbert D.

November 11th, 2012
10:43 pm

NCAA Toughest Schedule – Cumulative (past and future games) Nov. 11

BCS Top Ten

#33 Kansas State
#26 Oregon
#19 Notre Dame
#41 Alabama
#83 Georgia
#1 Florida
#17 LSU
#3 Texas A&M
#15 South Carolina
#50 Florida State

From NCAA.org

Outer Banks Dawg

November 11th, 2012
10:49 pm

AJ… Oregon and K State have been playing their 2nd and 3rd string in the 4th quarter… What planet are you on?

Before everybody gets all excited and starts trying to ’statistically’ prove that Georgia belongs in the conversation, lets see if we can make sure to remember to show up against Ga Southern and Georgia Tech. Lets see if we can get 2 more wins and avoid getting any key players hurt before the dome….

Then, lets see if we can beat Alabama for the SEC Title.

Then lets see what the situation is at that point with all the other teams. Then get out your stat sheet.

Just sayin… I believe in the Dawgs, but we got a lotta football left to play this season.

Fats G

November 11th, 2012
10:55 pm

With all the whinning and moaning we had to listen to after the S.Carolina loss, Richt and his staff have done a very great job. I am a realist. We AINT gonna win the stinkin NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP,but I am dm proud of where this season is going. SEC title would be a miracle.

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November 11th, 2012
11:23 pm

looks like South Cackalacky is the best team we have played. How did that work for us? WIn out and worry about the post season then. We will get what we have earned.


November 11th, 2012
11:24 pm



November 11th, 2012
11:30 pm

Bama, Georgia or Florida could beat any if the top 3 any day if the week!!!!


November 11th, 2012
11:37 pm

If you had shown up for the SC game, you’d be a shoe in for the title game if you find a way to beat Bama. Only media darlings like UF and LSU can get in with a loss or even two losses.


November 11th, 2012
11:38 pm

Jeannifer, not so sure about UF right now. They look terrible!


November 11th, 2012
11:43 pm

mUST BE nice how the media want Bama to get to the championship game… just like last year, they are always set up to get there. They just lost and are still right at the top!


November 12th, 2012
12:05 am

What happened to “if u lose u better do it early concept?” I just think it is not fair when ALA only drops 3 spots getting beat by a #15 at home to give them 1 loss like us and they don’t play anyone either. We dropped 9 spots for losing on the road to a #8 team. My argument is that we should be ahead of Bama based on us winning several weeks in grand fashion and they should be 8-2.


November 12th, 2012
12:12 am

People come on KSU has beaten 5 teams in the top 20 this year when they played them. Also three were on the road! Texas A&M was a fair team in the big 12. They head over to SEC and now their a great team? A&M always had problems with OU, Texas, and KSU over the last few years. KSU has a true classy coach and a business like approach to the game. High flying offenses have problems like the ducks will against KSU.


November 12th, 2012
12:22 am

If any SEC team makes it to the national championship Oregon will only have to start their first team for one half to win


November 12th, 2012
12:32 am

Sec is stuck on themselves Oregon Ranks where on offense #1. Can’t wait to run up and down on the sec fools never forget chip Kelly rules!!!


November 12th, 2012
12:34 am

That’s right, folks, we are Alabama and u aren’t. Better get use to it. Alabama is respected across the nation, while Georgia is humiliated on national TV, gives up 44 points to an incredible Tennessee and struggles against Missouri and Kentucky. And u want RESPECT? U r lucky to be fifth.

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November 12th, 2012
12:49 am

Jammer really? Oregon running up the score on an SEC team? How did that work out for you against Auburn in 2011? I’ll wait….

Chip Kelly rules…just apparently not in that game.


November 12th, 2012
12:55 am

Daddo, save it. You just got your butts worked by a 15 ranked team. That entire game was dominated by the aggies. No way do you deserve the ranking you got..i dont care who you are. Also, I was humiliated for you when your QB cried on national television in front of millions of viewers like a little girl.


November 12th, 2012
12:58 am

SEC team won’t even make the national championship game mabey they should try beating someone like Kent State Universty Golden Flashes before they try Oregon

Fair n Balanced

November 12th, 2012
12:58 am

There is a real eagerness to get this thing out of the hands of the SEC, but look…..6 out 10 top tea s in the land are from the SEC. May be the strongest year of the SEC but we don’t have the top team.


November 12th, 2012
1:36 am

Hate to say it, but the puppies are looking past the Jackets, and it’s going to cost them.

GT 31, UGA 17


November 12th, 2012
1:50 am

Georgia is a product of their schedule. Two ranked teams are all they play this year. The rest of the schedule is laughable ,look at the combined schedule of the teams they played. Undefeated Oregon, KSU, or Notre Dame will have carte blanche. Just being from the SEC (a reputation forged by Bama, Florida, and LSU) when you’re schedule is that lacking won’t cut it.

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November 12th, 2012
3:17 am

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November 12th, 2012
3:32 am

Jacket: shut up, PLEASE!!!!! First little polly and then post here.


November 12th, 2012
4:16 am

Please…..just bring on the playoff and end this childish squabbling……


November 12th, 2012
5:10 am

UGA schedule:
45-23 W against Buffalo (3-7 in the MAC)
41-20 W against Mizzou (5-5)
56-20 W against Fla. Atlantic (3-7 in Sunbelt)
48-3 W against Vandy (6-4 wins against Presbyterian, Mizzou, ,Auburn, Mass, KY, and Ole Miss)
51-44 W against 2-6 Tennessee
7-35 L against SC (8-2)
29-24 W against Kentucky (1-9)
17-9 W against Florida (9-1)
37-10 W against Ole Miss (5-5)
38-0 W against Auburn (2-8 with wins against New Mexico State and OT win against La. Monroe)
Face non BCS Ga Southern
Face Ga Tech (5-5)

What’s this about strength of schedule? 2-1 against the only 3 teams on the schedule that have winning records (and one of them is Vandy). So you have to beat a FCS team and Tech, who’s having a crappy year. Big woop. Maybe UGA can swing it where they’ll have a season when they’ll face no teams with winning records and take it all.