BCS: Oregon passes Irish for No. 3

Updated: November 4, 2012, 9:47 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Alabama secured its hold at the top of the BCS standings a day after winning its biggest road test of the season.

Kansas State remained No. 2, while No. 3 Oregon passed No. 4 Notre Dame in the latest standings released Sunday night. All three contenders won on Saturday.

The Crimson Tide, No. 1 in both the USA Today and Harris polls, rallied for a 21-17 win at LSU on Saturday and were rewarded by the computer average that makes up one-third of the BCS standings.

Last week, Alabama was rated No. 1 by only one of the six computer formulas. After beating LSU, four of the computers rate Bama No. 1. The Tide are 2nd and 3rd in the other computers; Notre Dame is No. 1 in both of those. The average discounts the six computers' highest and lowest rating.

Alabama's advantage over Kansas State in the full BCS average increased from .0359 to .0639.

Oregon, ranked second in both polls, jumped to No. 3 after winning at USC 62-51, while Notre Dame barely won at home against Pittsburgh, 29-26 in triple overtime.

The Ducks also nearly halved the gap between them and Kansas State, shrinking the difference in average from .0264 to .0152.

Alabama finishes the regular season with home games against No. 15 Texas A&M, Western Carolina and Auburn.

Kansas State plays at TCU this week, then travels to Baylor and has a bye week before finishing at home against No. 17 Texas.

Oregon is at California on Saturday night, then at home against No. 14 Stanford, and ends its regular season at No. 11 Oregon State.

Notre Dame concludes its season away to Boston College, at home against Wake Forest, and at No. 19 USC.

Of the four, only Alabama and Oregon would have to play in their conference championships before bowl season begins.

LSU fell two spots from fifth to seventh after its loss.

No. 9 Louisville, the only other eligible unbeaten team, passed No. 10 Florida State to move up one spot.

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