Kansas State Clinches Big 12 Regular Season Title, Fiesta Bowl Bid

Kansas State clinched the Big 12 regular season crown and the automatic BCS bid it ensures after topping Texas, 42-24 on Saturday night.

The Wildcats, no longer in the hunt for the national title game, will take part in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl, where they will play either an at-large team or the Big East’s BCS representative, Louisville. The Pac-12’s Oregon is a likely foe for the Wildcats.

The bid to the Fiesta Bowl is Kansas State’s second BCS bid in the BCS era, it first coming in the 2004 Fiesta Bowl after the Wildcats won the now defunct Big 12 Championship Game over a previously No. 1 Oklahoma squad. The Wildcats lost that 2004 Fiesta Bowl to Ohio State in a fun game from Tempe, Arizona.

The Wildcats’ victory over Texas ensured that Kansas State would claim the league’s automatic BCS bid, but Oklahoma, which clinched a share of the conference title Saturday afternoon, is at the top of the at-large list that will be available to BCS bowl committees when they pick teams tomorrow.

 

BCS Computer Rankings Week Seven: Notre Dame And Florida Close Out Years With Computer Love

More to come.

Here are the rankings of the six BCS computers:

Six BCS Computer Standings – BCS Week Seven (November 25)

Rank Anderson Billingsley Colley Massey Sagarin Wolfe
1 Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame
2 Florida Oregon Florida Florida Florida Florida
3 Kansas St. Alabama Stanford Alabama Oregon Georgia
4 Georgia Kansas St. Oregon LSU Georgia Alabama
5 Alabama Georgia Alabama Georgia Stanford South Carolina
6 Oregon Florida Kansas St. Oregon Kansas St. Stanford

And the aggregate BCS computer rankings:

BCS Computer Rankings Aggregate – BCS Week Seven (November 25)

Rank Team Share of Vote
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1.000
2 Florida Gators .960
3 Alabama Crimson Tide .870
4 Georgia Bulldogs .860
5 Oregon Ducks .850
6 Kansas State Wildcats .790
6 Stanford Cardinal .790
8 LSU Tigers .700
8 South Carolina Gamecocks .700
10 Oklahoma Sooners .650
11 Texas A&M Aggies .620
12 Nebraska Cornhuskers .580

USA Today Coaches’ Poll Week 13: Notre Dame leading, but BCS busters looming

Notre Dame still rides high atop the Coaches’ Poll but the intrigue starts much lower.

Northern Illinois leads the charge of non-AQ schools looking to crack the BCS buster discussion at No. 18. Just behind them is No. 19 Kent State and No. 25 Boise State.

All teams will be aiming to grab that elusive non-AQ position in front of a AQ conference champion — in this case the Big East’s — for a bid to one of the five BCS bowls.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll – November 25

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1469 .996
2 Alabama Crimson Tide 1398 .948
3 Georgia Bulldogs 1341 .909
4 Oregon Ducks 1277 .866
5 Florida Gators 1265 .858
6 LSU Tigers 1124 .762
7 Kansas State Wildcats 1114 .755
8 Texas A&M Aggies 1076 .729
9 Stanford Cardinal 1008 .683
10 South Carolina Gamecocks 972 .659
11 Oklahoma Sooners 878 .595
12 Florida State Seminoles 829 .562

Projected BCS Standings: Stanford, Florida Big Winners While Notre Dame To Lead Seventh BCS Rankings of 2012

After a weekend of classic BCS mid-November chaos, the tame holiday weekend we just saw might have left some wanting for more chaos.

Projected BCS Rankings
Rank Team
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
2 Alabama Crimson Tide
3 Florida Gators
4 Georgia Bulldogs
5 Oregon Ducks
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And although nothing we took in this weekend came anywhere close to providing the upheaval and strange combinations that losses from the top two teams in the BCS can provide, we certainly were able to answer some questions.

That starts at the top, of course, as Notre Dame will bow at the top of the BCS standings both this week and next, and will be on its way to a national title game.

That’s the luxury of ending your season a weekend early, and ending it with a nationally televised win over your traditional rival, in this case USC. After that it gets a bit funny, but nothing we can’t explain.

Alabama again will occupy the No. 2 spot in tomorrow’s BCS rankings, awaiting its SEC title showdown with Georgia, which will slip one spot this weekend to No. 4. Why? Well, the Bulldogs’ win over a ACC title game-bound Georgia Tech squad will not prove the impact win they might want the weekend before the SEC title game.

Florida will instead occupy that spot on the strength of the best out-of-conference victory of the weekend, and will slide into No. 3. But any fret that result may cause either Alabama or Georgia fans hoping the two teams are playing in a de facto national semifinal should be short-lived.

Whichever team wins the SEC will play the Fighting Irish in the BCS title game. You can be sure of it.

After that, things will look pretty familiar. Stanford’s win over UCLA — setting up a rematch less than a week from now for the Pac-12 title — will prove more of a mover of votes that you might expect, and give the Cardinal a push past LSU for the No. 7 spot.

Oklahoma and Nebraska will slide back into the top 12 after losses from Clemson and the Seminoles open up the way.

But that’s the simple stuff. The things to keep an eye on? The non-AQ chase. With Boise State, Northern Illinois and Kent State angling for a spot in a BCS bowl, the possibility remains that any of the three could steal a BCS bid away from an AQ conference school with a finish in the top 16.

Expect all three to land outside the top 16 this weekend. Next weekend, however, the BCS might just sneak in its fourth non-AQ team in five seasons.

Remember, we’ll be here to take you through all of it, starting with tomorrow’s releases of the human polls, computer rankings and BCS. Follow along all day tomorrow @BCSKnowHow and right here to stay up to the second with projections, mathematical breakdowns of the computers, human polls and everything in between. Then follow along this week as we break down scenarios and implications.

Got all that? Hope so.

Here’s what the BCS standings will likely look like when they are released tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN:

Projected BCS Standings – BCS Week Seven (November 25th)

Rank Team
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
2 Alabama Crimson Tide
3 Florida Gators
4 Georgia Bulldogs
5 Oregon Ducks
6 Kansas State Wildcats
7 Stanford Cardinal
8 LSU Tigers
9 Texas A&M Aggies
10 South Carolina Gamecocks
11 Oklahoma Sooners
12 Nebraska Cornhuskers

BCS Computer Rankings Week Six: Notre Dame Unanimously Supported By Computers

All six computers seem to enjoy Notre Dame’s resume of work, the Fighting Irish are elected to the No. 1 position in all of the computers this week.

Florida, gets the equivalent of a unanimous No. 2 vote from the computers, with Billingsley being the only outlier, placing the Gators at No. 6. But because the BCS eliminates the highest and lowest rankings from the computers, the Gators are mostly unaffected by that slight difference.

Here are the rankings of the six BCS computers:

Six BCS Computer Standings – BCS Week Six (November 18)

Rank Anderson Billingsley Colley Massey Sagarin Wolfe
1 Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame Notre Dame
2 Florida Alabama Florida Florida Florida Florida
3 Kansas St. Kansas St. Kansas St. Alabama Alabama Alabama
4 Georgia Oregon Alabama LSU Stanford Georgia
5 Alabama Georgia Stanford Stanford Oregon Stanford
6 Stanford Florida Oregon Oregon Georgia LSU

And the aggregate BCS computer rankings:

BCS Computer Rankings Aggregate – BCS Week Six (November 18)

Rank Team Share of Vote
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1.000
2 Florida Gators .960
3 Alabama Crimson Tide .910
4 Kansas State Wildcats .840
5 Stanford Cardinal .830
6 Georgia Bulldogs .820
7 Oregon Ducks .800
8 LSU Tigers .750
9 Oklahoma Sooners .630
10 Texas A&M Aggies .620
11 South Carolina Gamecocks .610
12 Oregon State Beavers .550

Sixth BCS Rankings of 2012: No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Alabama Ride High As Season Chaotically Winds Down

Let it never be said the BCS didn’t give us drama.

Official BCS Rankings
Rank Team
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
2 Alabama Crimson Tide
3 Georgia Bulldogs
4 Florida Gators
5 Oregon Ducks
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With a clear-cut, simple equation for the BCS title game seemingly resting on the table just a weekend ago, the events of late Saturday night threw the BCS back into chaos, and now promises us yet another drama-filled final two weekends of college football.

Losses by Kansas State and Oregon open the BCS up again and Notre Dame proves the one to take advantage, as the Irish claim their first-ever BCS No. 1 ranking in the sixth iteration of the rankings in 2012.

Alabama, thought to be out of the running just a week ago, is now squarely back in the title picture at No. 2, needing just to win out to get back to the title game again. In order to win out, however, the once-beaten Tide will have to contend with No. 3 Georgia, which claimed that spot in both polls Sunday afternoon.

Georgia’s spot outside the top two is a moot point if the Bulldogs can win next weekend and then beat the Crimson Tide. Georgia will be BCS title game bound if they beat No. 2 Alabama in the SEC Championship Game.

The SEC rounds out the top four with Florida, boosted by a strong computer ranking to No. 4. Florida is still hoping for some upset ahead of them, but have set themselves up nicely for a BCS bowl bid, either by virtue of their single loss or by the BCS selection process that would select the Gators for a BCS bowl if they finish as No. 3 and the SEC champion plays for the BCS title.

Now-once-beaten Oregon and Kansas State land at No. 5 and No. 6 respectively, with Oregon hampered by an already poor computer aggregate before their first loss and Kansas State bolstered by computer support that didn’t waver much despite a tough loss to Baylor.

The SEC is back at it again at No. 7, as LSU grabs the distinction as highest-ranked two-loss team in the nation. Just behind the Tigers sit the newly top-10 Stanford Cardinal. Stanford lands firmly inside the top 10 after a victory over Oregon this weekend.

Texas A&M restarts the SEC conga line at No. 9, with No. 12 South Carolina rounding out the unprecedented presence of the SEC in the BCS top 12.

Florida State still languishes at No. 10 despite huge support on the poll side, with Clemson equally getting hammered by  the computers.

So. Two weeks sure to be drama-filled and heart breaking for some remain. We’re far from done with the BCS, the season or the various implications that will be in store for the weekends to come. Be sure to stay tuned to BCS Know How and @BCSKnowHow throughout these final few weeks for all the latest analysis and news.

Here’s the sixth BCS rankings of 2012:

BCS Standings Week Six — November 18th

Rank Team BCS Score
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish .9973
2 Alabama Crimson Tide .9333
3 Georgia Bulldogs .8763
4 Florida Gators .8434
5 Oregon Ducks .8318
6 Kansas State Wildcats .7692
7 LSU Tigers .7308
8 Stanford Cardinal .7077
9 Texas A&M Aggies .6526
10 Florida State Seminoles .6363
11 Clemson Tigers .6056
12 South Carolina Gamecocks .5871
13 Oklahoma Sooners .5677
14 Nebraska Cornhuskers .4790
15 Oregon State Beavers .4499
16 Texas Longhorns .4235

Some thoughts:

  • BCS Know How’s Projected BCS vs. Actual BCS Rankings
    • Some good, some bad. Top four, which are the important ones, were good. A mixed bag moving down. The real thing to key on is Florida State’s continued lag. It’s real and it’s here to stay unless the Seminoles can top the Gators.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll Week 12: Notre Dame overwhelmingly No. 1 after weekend of upheaval

Not surprisingly, Notre Dame lands at the top of Sunday’s USA Today Coaches’ Poll, after Kansas State and Oregon move out of the way for the Irish. The Irish collected 56 first-place votes.

Alabama grabs that all-important No. 2 spot from the 59 coaches, two of which gave the No. 1 ranking back to the Crimson Tide a week after they were left without one.

USA Today Coaches’ Poll – November 18

Rank Team Votes Share of Vote
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1469 .996
2 Alabama Crimson Tide 1386 .940
3 Georgia Bulldogs 1348 .914
4 Oregon Ducks 1227 .832
5 Florida State Seminoles 1199 .813
6 Florida Gators 1166 .791
7 LSU Tigers 1062 .720
8 Kansas State Wildcats 1056 .716
9 Clemson Tigers 1029 .698
10 Texas A&M Aggies 994 .674
11 Stanford Cardinal 934 .633
12 South Carolina Gamecocks 798 .541