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Nov 18, 2012 11:42 PM by Bill Halter

Notre Dame ahead of Alabama in BCS Standings

NEW YORK (AP) - Notre Dame is the beneficiary of losses by the top two teams in last week's AP poll.

The Fighting Irish jump two slots to No. 1 -- and it's unanimous. It's Notre Dame's first time at the top since 1993.

A week after dropping from 1 to 4 following its first loss, Alabama moves up to No. 2, followed by one-loss Georgia and undefeated Ohio State.

Notre Dame and Alabama are 1-2 in the BCS standings as well. Notre Dame needs only to beat struggling rival Southern California to secure a spot in the BCS title game for the first time.

Alabama has to win two games. The Crimson Tide must beat lowly Auburn at home to reach the SEC championship where the Tide will probably meet Georgia.

After losing on Saturday, Oregon falls from first to fifth while Kansas State drops from 2 to 7 in the AP Rankings. Florida sits at No. 6.

LSU, Texas A&M and Florida State continue the round out the top 10.

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