One down, one to go for Oregon.
The Ducks moved up a spot and passed Notre Dame in the BCS standings Sunday, moving into third place behind Alabama and Kansas State.
Oregon is coming off its biggest win of the season, 62-51 at USC on Saturday. That result, combined with Notre Dame's overtime victory against a middling Pittsburgh team, helped nudge the Ducks by the Irish this week.
Alabama (.9957) is a solid No. 1 in the polls and the BCS computer ratings this week. The Tide needs only to win out to reach the BCS title game for the third time in four seasons.
Kansas State (.9318) is third in the polls and in the computers but second overall.
The Ducks (.9166) are a solid No. 2 in both polls but still fifth in the computers.
But the Ducks have a stronger schedule than Kansas State from this point forward, making Oregon a strong bet to pass the Wildcats if it keeps winning and earn a spot in the BCS title game in Miami on Jan. 7.
The Ducks play at Cal on Saturday before finishing their regular season against two teams in the BCS top 15, Stanford and Oregon State. If they get to the Pac-12 title game, UCLA or USC would be the likely opponent. Both are in the BCS top 20.
Kansas State is at TCU and Baylor the next two weeks before finishing with Texas on Dec. 1. The Longhorns are 17th in the BCS standings.
Notre Dame (.9050) is in fourth place with only two opponents with winning records left on its
AP poll: Alabama and Oregon held the top two spots in The Associated Press poll.
Stanford fell one spot to No. 16 as it switched places with No. 15 Texas A&M. Oregon State, which plays the Cardinal on Saturday, remained No. 13.
Alabama is No. 1 for the 10th straight week. Oregon is No. 2 for the seventh consecutive week.
Kansas State remained at No. 3, and Notre Dame stayed at No. 4. Ohio State and Georgia are tied for fifth.
No. 19 Texas and No. 24 Rutgers moved back into the rankings, and No. 23 Toledo is ranked for the first time since 2001.
Kentucky: Coach Joker Phillips was fired a day after the Wildcats fell to 1-9 with a 40-0 home loss to Vanderbilt. It was Kentucky's worst loss to the Commodores in 96 years.
Phillips, who is 12-23 overall in three seasons at Kentucky, will coach the team in its remaining two games.
Georgia: Receiver Marlon Brown, who is tied for the team lead in catches, will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.