College football rankings, Week 12: Alabama loses; Kansas State ready for No. 1 BCS ranking

Jamie Squire

There's going to be a new No. 1 in the BCS rankings when they come out on Sunday evening. The Alabama Crimson Tide lost their first game of the season, which could lead the way to Collin Klein and the Kansas State Wildcats to move up to No. 1.

The BCS standings will elevate a new team to No. 1 on Sunday evening following the Alabama Crimson Tide's 29-24 loss to the No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday night. With this loss and No. 9 Louisville's loss to Syracuse, there are three undefeated teams remaining in the BCS rankings: the Kansas St. Wildcats, the Oregon Ducks and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. All 10-0, they are currently ranked two through four and should move up one spot each.

Kansas State, led by Loveland, Colo., native and starting quarterback Collin Klein, defeated TCU, 23-10; Oregon stomped Cal, 59-17; and Notre Dame sent Boston College to a 21-6 home loss. Oregon is likely to jump Kansas State at some point in the standings, but Kansas State faced a far superior team in TCU than Oregon did in Cal, dampening the chances of that happening this week.

The No. 6 Florida Gators barely survived Louisiana-Lafayette, needing a blocked punt returned for a TD to win, 27-20. Don't expect that to knock them down much. The No. 14 Stanford Cardinal defeated the No. 11 Oregon St. Beavers, 27-23, rounding out the losses in top 15 games.

The top five in the BCS rankings could look like this:

1. Kansas State
2. Oregon
3. Notre Dame
4. Alabama
5. Georgia

Samuel Chi projects the BCS top 15, with Texas A&M moving up from No. 15 to No. 9 with the big victory over Alabama.

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