The Rutgers Scarlet Knights fell out of the BCS rankings after losing this weekend to the Kent State Golden Flashes.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights fell out of the BCS rankings after losing 35-23 at home to the Kent State Golden Flashes. The previously-undefeated Scarlet Knights were ranked No. 15 in last week's edition of the standings.
With Rutgers dropping from the rankings, just one Big East team remains. That would be the Louisville Cardinals, who moved up to No. 10 after a 34-31 overtime win over the Cincinnati Bearcats on Friday. The 8-0 Cardinals jumped six spots after previously being No. 16 in the rankings.
There was a shake-up in the top five. The Alabama Crimson Tide remained steady at the top, but with the Florida Gators losing to the Georgia Bulldogs, the Kansas State Wildcats took over at No. 2. The Wildcats are followed by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Oregon Ducks. Moving into the top five this week are the LSU Tigers.
Here are the full rankings:
Fun facts, via the National Football Foundation:
• First-time school(s) in the BCS Standings: Louisiana Tech. A total of 86 schools have appeared in the BCS Standings since they were created in 1998.
• Schools debuting in 2012 BCS Standings: No. 20 Nebraska, No. 22 Arizona, No. 24 Oklahoma, No. 25 Louisiana Tech.
• Dropped out of BCS Standings: No. 15 Rutgers, No. 22 Michigan, No. 24 Ohio, No. 25 Wisconsin.
• This week marks the first time in the history of the BCS Standings that five teams from the same conference have been ranked in the top 10: SEC - No. 1 Alabama, No. 5 LSU, No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 Florida, No. 8 South Carolina. The conference also extends its streak of having at least one team in the No. 1 or No. 2 position in 35 of the last 36 BCS Standings, dating back to Dec. 2, 2007.
• Kansas State has reached its highest-ever ranking at No. 2. The previous high was No. 3 for five consecutive weeks from Nov. 9 through Dec. 6, 1998 and last week's ranking on October 21, 2012.
• Notre Dame ties its highest-ever ranking at No. 3 (2002). The Fighting Irish have been in the top five for three consecutive weeks, the first time that has happened in the BCS era.
• Louisville has cracked the top 10 of the BCS Standings for the first time since Dec. 3, 2006. The Cards' position at No. 10 marks the first time a Big East team has been in the top 10 since Cincinnati (No. 3) in 2009.
• Five schools moved up four or more positions from last week's Standings: Louisville (16 to 10), Clemson (18 to 13), South Carolina (13 to 8), Georgia (10 to 6) and Texas A&M (20 to 16).
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