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BCS Standings: Oregon Needs to Impress Computers; Notre Dame and K-State, Humans
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With the latest BCS standings now out for all of us to look over and debate we see that Oregon has vaulted over at least one of the undefeated teams that its chasing down for a spot in the BCS title game, No. 4 Notre Dame.

However, the Ducks still sit behind the No. 2 Kansas State Wildcats.

Here are the latest BCS standings in which you can see Alabama still at No. 1 followed by Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame. 

 

Team

Record

No. 1

Alabama

9-0

No. 2

Kansas State

9-0

No. 3

Oregon

9-0

No. 4

Notre Dame

9-0

No. 5

Georgia

8-1

No. 6

Florida

8-1

No. 7

LSU

7-2

No. 8

South Carolina

7-2

No. 9

Louisville 

9-0

No. 10

Florida State

8-1

No. 11

Oregon State

7-1

No. 12

Oklahoma

6-2

No. 13

Clemson

8-1

No. 14

Stanford

7-2

No. 15

Texas A&M

7-2

No. 16

Nebraska

7-2

No. 17

Texas

7-2

No. 18

UCLA

7-2

No. 19

USC

6-3

No. 20

Louisiana Tech

8-1

No. 21

Mississippi State

7-2

No. 22

Texas Tech

6-3

No. 23

Rutgers

7-1

No. 24

Northwestern

7-2

No. 25

Toledo

8-1

What you don’t see in this poll is how these teams rank with the human voters and the computer averages, which you can see here.

 

Oregon Needs to Impress the Machines

No. 3 Oregon has the human vote as they’re No. 2 in both polls that humans vote in, the Associated Press and USA Today. While humans are voting for the Ducks, the computer averages see Oregon as the fifth-best team in the country.

If Oregon is going to sway the computer average then they’re going to have to get some help from fellow Pac-12 members Stanford, Oregon State and USC.

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Oregon won’t get any help next week when it takes on 3-7 Cal. 

However, the following three games for the Ducks will be against ranked opponents: vs. No. 14 Stanford, at No. 11 Oregon State and then either No. 18 UCLA or No. 19 USC in the Pac-12 Championship game should the Ducks play in this game. 

If the Ducks can keep up with their average of 54.3 points per game, then not only should they win these games, but they should do so in an impressive fashion by blowing each of these teams out. 

Notre Dame and Kansas State each have three games left, with only one game against a ranked opponent. Notre Dame travels to No. 19 USC, while Kansas State hosts No. 17 Texas; both of these are the final games of their respective seasons. 

 

Notre Dame and Kansas State Needs to Impress the Humans

Just like Oregon is beloved by humans and hated by the computers, the opposite can be said about the Fighting Irish and Wildcats.

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Notre Dame is ranked second in the computer average while Kansas State is right behind the Irish at No. 3. 

Notre Dame has the top spot in Anderson & Hester and Colley Matrix polls, while Kansas State sits at No. 2 in the Anderson & Hester, Richard Billingsley and Jeff Sagarin polls. 

While being in those top spots over Oregon is great, they still are behind the Ducks in the Coaches’ and AP polls, which make up two-thirds of the BCS standings. 

It will be hard for the Wildcats and Irish to either leap or hold off the charging Ducks in the final weeks of the season.

However, Notre Dame will have to blow out Boston College, Wake Forest and then USC to have a chance to get past Oregon and Kansas State.

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As for Kansas State, they will have to win by double-digit margins, like Notre Dame, plus get some help from Oklahoma. 

If the Sooners can win out and get into a BCS bowl game, it will give the Wildcats a big road victory over a top-10 team and a team playing as a BCS at-large, something that Oregon may not be able to claim it has done.

The final weeks of the season will be great to watch. All three teams will have to win by double-digit margins. And all of these teams cannot afford a slip-up, so they’ll have to play perfect football. 

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