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Sunday, October 16, 2011
BCS standings reaction

By Matt Fortuna

Notre Dame was not ranked in the initial BCS standings Sunday night, making the Irish 0-for-3 in the national polls this week.

That's to be expected considering they entered the bye weekend unranked. The biggest surprise, however, may be that Notre Dame's best remaining opponent, Stanford, came in at No. 8, lower than both its AP ranking (7th) and its USA Today ranking (5th).

The Irish will meet the Cardinal Nov. 26 in their regular-season finale. If Notre Dame wins its first five games before then, a BCS bowl bid may be on the line.

Michigan State (16th) and Michigan (18th) were the only other Notre Dame opponents featured in the initial BCS standings.

Texas A&M (17th), Auburn (20th) and Texas (24th) were the only other two-loss teams ranked in the BCS Standings.

Notre Dame, for what it's worth, received 107 votes in the AP poll and 36 in the USA Today poll, both good for 27th nationally.