Kansas St., Oregon on course for BCS title game

NEW YORK (AP) — Kansas State and Oregon are now on course to play for the BCS national championship.

After Alabama was upset by Texas A&M, the new BCS standings have the Wildcats (.9674) first and the Ducks (.9497) second.

Notre Dame (.9396) is third, not too far behind, but most likely in need of a loss by Oregon or Kansas State to reach the

title game on Jan. 7 in Miami.

"These teams are in their order and the only way that order changes is if somebody gets beat," said Jerry Palm, of CBS Sports

and collegebcs.com.

As for Alabama's run at three championships in four seasons, and the Southeastern Conference's string of six straight BCS

titles, both are in peril.

Five SEC teams follow Alabama in the

standings: Georgia, Florida, LSU, Texas A&M and South Carolina. But

it will take a couple

of upsets to give the SEC champion a shot to reach the BCS title


Kansas State is second in both BCS polls — the coaches' and Harris — and in the computer rankings. The Wildcats have two games

left, at Baylor on Saturday and home against Texas on Dec. 1, the day of most of the conference championship games.

Oregon is first in the both polls and fourth

in the computer ratings. The Ducks have two more regular-season games

left, against

Stanford on Saturday and the next week at Oregon State. They can

clinch the Pac-12 North and a spot in the conference title

game with a win against Stanford. If they get there, the Ducks

would play either UCLA or Southern California in the league

title game.

If the Ducks and Wildcats can avoid the type of upset that dropped Alabama — and there are plenty of good teams left on their

schedules — they will play for the national title.

The Fighting Irish are third in the polls and first in the computer ratings.

"Notre Dame is not going to jump (Oregon and Kansas State) without their help," Palm said. "They're way too far behind in

the polls. The voters are not on board with Notre Dame."

The Irish play Wake Forest on Saturday and are at USC two days after Thanksgiving.

Alabama (or Georgia or Florida, which could also both win the SEC with just one loss) needs two of the top three to lose to

get to the title game no matter how it finishes.