2012 BCS rankings, Week 11: Kansas State remains second, Oregon jumps Notre Dame

Ed Zurga

Wildcats remain on a collision course with top-ranked Alabama.

The Kansas State Wildcats remained second in the Week 11 BCS standings, just released. The Wildcats are ranked third in both human polls, but retain a significant advantage over Oregon in the computer rankings due in large part to the strength of their schedule to date. Alabama, which had also been knocked for a modest schedule by the computers, is now first in both the human and cumulative computer rankings after their defeat of LSU. Oregon, which holds the second position in both human polls, is third.

Notre Dame's near-loss against Pittsburgh dropped the Irish to fourth, though Notre Dame remains second in computer average. Georgia, Florida, LSU, and South Carolina round out the top eight spots, with undefeated Louisville in ninth. Florida State comes in at 10th.

The Big 12 is lightly represented, with Oklahoma ranked 12th and Texas 17th. Texas Tech sneaks into the rankings at 22nd.

Boise State's loss to San Diego State knocked the Broncos out of the rankings, making No. 20 Louisiana Tech the highest-ranked non-AQ program.

There is some danger of Kansas State's second position coming into question in the next four weeks, as Oregon faces No. 14 Stanford and No. 11 Oregon State in the season's final stretch, and would likely face either No. 18 UCLA or No. 19 USC in the Pac-12 Championship. Wins in those contests could boost the Ducks' strength of schedule high enough to challenge Kansas State's dominance in the computer rankings.

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