BCS Standings 2012: Complete Week 9 Rankings Released

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 21, 2012

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 20: Cierre Wood #20 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs against the BYU Courgars at Notre Dame Stadium on October 20, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated BYU 17-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Only three BCS Top 25 teams fell this past weekend, as the top-ranked teams lived up to the hype and then some on Saturday.

The nation's top five teams (Alabama, Florida, Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame) all marched on to 7-0, and have thrust themselves into prime position to contend for a BCS National Championship Game berth at season's end.

The top four steamrolled, highlighted by the Gators' 44-11 thrashing of South Carolina in the Swamp. Meanwhile, the Fighting Irish needed a fourth-quarter touchdown to survive BYU by three points at home.


What's Next

Week 9 features a handful of must-see matchups. The action starts Friday night when Cincinnati visits rival Louisville. The Cardinals are 7-0 and looking to keep pace with undefeated Rutgers in the Big East. 

Things are sure to get interesting with the arrival of the weekend. The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party will kickoff Saturday afternoon from Jacksonville. If Georgia can upend Florida, the Bulldogs will be in the driver's seat in the SEC East, while the undefeated Gators can ill afford to take a tumble. 

Texas Tech will also be on the road Saturday afternoon, looking to topple Kansas State, who has looked impressive in recent weeks, beating West Virginia 55-14 in Week 8.

Two huge night games will steal the show in primetime, including 7-0 Notre Dame traveling to Norman to take on the Oklahoma Sooners. If Brian Kelly's squad can win and stay perfect on the year, then it will surely enter the national championship discussion.

The other big-time Saturday showdown will be in the SEC, where undefeated Mississippi State is set to take on the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. The winner will be in total control of the SEC West.

Elsewhere, Pac-12 powerhouse Oregon will host Colorado, Oregon State will visit Washington and USC will travel to Arizona to take on the Wildcats.

Here are the BCS standings after eight weeks of college football.


 1. Alabama
 2. Florida
 3. Kansas State
 4. Oregon
 5. Notre Dame
 6. LSU
 7. Oregon State
 8. Oklahoma
 9. USC
 10. Georgia
 11. Mississippi State
 12. Florida State
 13. South Carolina
 14. Texas Tech
 15. Rutgers
 16. Louisville
 17. Stanford
 18. Clemson
 19. West Virginia
 20. Texas A&M
 21. Boise State
 22. Michigan
 23. Texas
 24. Ohio
 25. Wisconsin


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