The Fighting Irish became the latest team to move past Oregon on Sunday, taking third place behind Alabama and Kansas State. The Ducks remained fourth.
Florida fell out of the top five with a 17-9 loss to Georgia, helping to set the field in the race for the BCS title game with a month to go in the regular season.
Alabama is locked in at No. 1, and if the Crimson Tide keep winning it will play for its third championship in four years. The Wildcats (.9400), Fighting Irish (.9147) and Ducks (.9136) need to remain unbeaten, and keep an eye on each other.
Georgia is sixth in the standings, South Carolina is eighth and Clemson is 13th.
The computers ratings are still holding the Ducks back because their strength of schedule lags behind the other contenders.
The Ducks are second in the Harris poll and USA Today coaches’ poll, but ranked fifth by the computers ratings.
Kansas State is third in each poll and Notre Dame is fourth. But according to the computers, the Wildcats and Fighting Irish are tied for first.
Oregon’s upcoming schedule could help solve the Ducks’ problem.
Oregon plays three opponents in the BCS top 25 (Southern California, Stanford and Oregon State) in its last four games, starting with the Trojans in Los Angeles on Saturday. The Pac-12 title game, if the Ducks get there, should give Oregon another quality opponent.
TV TIME SET: Saturday’s game between No. 7 Georgia and Mississippi has been set for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.
The game will be televised by CBS.
MARYLAND: Lost a fourth quarterback to a season-ending injury.
Coach Randy Edsall says Caleb Rowe has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and is done for the year.
Quarterback C.J. Brown tore an ACL in August and was replaced by Perry Hills, who tore an ACL in a game against North Carolina State on Oct. 20. Devin Burns broke his foot in that game and is also out for the year.
That means either converted linebacker Shawn Petty or converted tight end Brian McMahon will start at quarterback this Saturday against Georgia Tech.
AUBURN: Coach Gene Chizik says freshman quarterback Jonathan Wallace is “in strong consideration” to take the reins of a struggling offense.
Wallace was one of the few bright spots in the Tigers’ 63-21 loss to Texas A&M on Saturday night. Starter Clint Moseley sustained an ankle injury during the game and former starter Kiehl Frazier was sacked four times.