Notre Dame Fighting Irish are the top team in the BCS Standings for the first time in program history.Alabama,GeorgiaandFloridaof the SEC are ranked second through fourth. Last week's number-two team,Oregon, is fifth after an overtime loss to Stanford.
Kansas State is sixth after falling from the top spot. The undefeated Fighting Irish can cap a perfect regular season and a berth in the BCS title game with a win at Southern Cal Saturday night.
Michigan is ranked 19th this week, up from 21st place and the Wolverines are still in the running for a Big Ten championship, but they’ll need some help along with a victory at Ohio State this weekend.Nebraska can disappoint Michigan and lock up the Legends Division title and a date withWisconsin in the conference title game if they can win Friday atIowa. The Big Ten might be ready to expand to a 14-team conference. Several sources indicate that theUniversity of Maryland could decide today to join the league and if the Terrapins accept an invitation to be a member of the Big Ten, reports are thatRutgers could follow suit.
Meanwhile, Western Michigan is looking for a new head coach following the firing of Bill Cubit after the Broncos dropped their season finale Saturday toEastern Michigan. Cubit had one year left on his contract and was the fifth winningest coach in school history after eight years on the job. But the Broncos were a disappointing 4-and-8 this year, their worst season in Cubit’s tenure as head coach.