Notre Dame moved up one spot to No. 3 in this week's BCS standings, but it still needs a few breaks to fall its way if it wants to crack the top two.
The Irish, ranked first by the computers, trail Oregon in overall BCS average by .101, slightly closing the gap from their deficit of .116 a week earlier, when Notre Dame and the Ducks were ranked fourth and third overall, respectively.
Kansas State, No. 1 in this week's BCS standings, holds a lead of .278 over the Irish, slightly bigger than their .268 advantage last week, when the Wildcats were No. 2 overall.
All of which is a roundabout way of saying that the Irish -- assuming they win out --need either Kansas State or Oregon to lose in order to reach the BCS national title game.