With only a few weeks remaining in the college football season, there is not much time to make up ground in the BCS Standings.
This season might end with a number of undefeated teams that are all deserving of a chance to play for the national championship. However, only two teams will be able to play in the year's final game.
Alabama remained No. 1 in the Week 11 rankings after defeating LSU 21-17 on Saturday. Kansas State also retained its important spot at No. 2 after a tough win at home against Oklahoma State.
However, these teams should be much more upset at the latest BCS Standings.
No. 4 Notre Dame
It was not easy for Notre Dame to get past Pittsburgh at home this week, but a win is a win.
Even though the Fighting Irish needed three overtimes, Everett Golson and company pulled out a win and kept its undefeated season.
This should not prevent the team from staying near the top of the standings. Notre Dame already defeated Oklahoma, Stanford, Michigan and Michigan State, two of which on the road. The resume is as good or better than anyone else in the nation.
With an elite defense, the Irish are capable of defeating any team, including Alabama. They deserve to get their opportunity in the national championship game, although it will likely take some help at this point for that to happen.
No. 9 Louisville
There is obviously a difference between succeeding with a Big East schedule as opposed to winning in the SEC. However, an undefeated record this late in the season is nothing to scoff at.
After surviving its toughest test of the year with an overtime win over Cincinnati, Louisville stayed right on track by defeating Temple 45-17.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw five touchdown passes in the win and is now the No. 5 most efficient passer in the nation with a rating of 170.
This is a very balanced team with a lot of talent. It is about time the Cardinals get the attention that an undefeated team deserves.
No. 13 Clemson
Despite losing to Florida State in the fourth game of the season, Clemson is still one of the best teams in the country.
The human voters believe in the Tigers, ranking them No. 8 in the most recent Coaches' Poll. However, the computer rankings continue discredit their achievements.
Tajh Boyd has led the No. 7 scoring offense in the country at 42.7 points per game, and the defense has improved every week.
Clemson was hurt by the teams on the schedule being worse than anticipated. Auburn should have been a big victory, but the Tigers are currently winless in the SEC. In addition, the entire ACC has continued its decade-long struggle.
Fortunately for Clemson, the team will have a chance to raise its ranking when it faces South Carolina in the last game of the season. The players just have to hope the Gamecocks do not lose again before that point.
Full BCS Standings
2. Kansas State
4. Notre Dame
8. South Carolina
10. Florida State
11. Oregon State
15. Texas A&M
20. Louisiana Tech
21. Mississippi State
22. Texas Tech