The Alabama Crimson Tide maintained their firm grip on the top spot in the BCS rankings, but everything underneath them has changed ahead of Week 10. Kansas State is the new No. 2 after Florida was upended by the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday. Notre Dame slots at No. 3, leaping over Oregon.
The Irish and K-State are getting help so far from their schedules, but the Ducks have plenty of tough games remaining to boost their resume.
Nebraska breaks into the rankings as the lone Big Ten representative, with Ohio State ineligible. The Cornhuskers check in at No. 20, one spot behind the Boise State Broncos. The Broncos can wrap up an automatic BCS bid if they can stay ahead of the lowest ranked BCS conference winner and continue to rise in the standings.
LSU has rise to No. 5, and the Tigers can propel themselves back into the national title picture this weekend, as they host Alabama. LSU defeated the Crimson Tide in the regular season last year before losing a rematch in the BCS National Championship game.
The full BCS Top 25 heading into Week 10, via ESPN:
Fun facts, via the National Football Foundation:
• First-time school(s) in the BCS Standings: Louisiana Tech. A total of 86 schools have appeared in the BCS Standings since they were created in 1998.
• Schools debuting in 2012 BCS Standings: No. 20 Nebraska, No. 22 Arizona, No. 24 Oklahoma, No. 25 Louisiana Tech.
• Dropped out of BCS Standings: No. 15 Rutgers, No. 22 Michigan, No. 24 Ohio, No. 25 Wisconsin.
• This week marks the first time in the history of the BCS Standings that five teams from the same conference have been ranked in the top 10: SEC - No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 LSU, No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 Florida, No. 8 South Carolina. The conference also extends its streak of having at least one team in the No. 1 or No. 2 position in 35 of the last 36 BCS Standings, dating back to Dec. 2, 2007.
• Kansas State has reached its highest-ever ranking at No. 2. The previous high was No. 3 for five consecutive weeks from Nov. 9 through Dec. 6, 1998 and last week's ranking on October 21, 2012.
• Notre Dame ties its highest-ever ranking at No. 3 (2002). The Fighting Irish have been in the top five for three consecutive weeks, the first time that has happened in the BCS era.
• Louisville has cracked the top 10 of the BCS Standings for the first time since Dec. 3, 2006. The Cards' position at No. 10 marks the first time a Big East team has been in the top 10 since Cincinnati (No. 3) in 2009.
• Five schools moved up four or more positions from last week's Standings: Louisville (16 to 10), Clemson (18 to 13), South Carolina (13 to 8), Georgia (10 to 6) and Texas A&M (20 to 16).