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Notre Dame stays at No. 5 in latest BCS rankings

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Notre Dame stays at No. 5 in latest BCS rankings

The latest BCS rankings are out, and Notre Dame is still occupying the No. 5 spot the team did in last week's initial standings. The rank is the same, and so is the message from coach Brian Kelly.

"They know they haven't arrived, and even being fifth in the country and 7-0, and you can say that that they haven't arrived, that they haven't reached the level that they can, I think is a very good place to be," Kelly explained. "There's a lot of things that we know we can improve on. If you're 7-0 and fifth in the country and you think you've arrived, then that's where as a coach and a team, you're in peril."

Ahead of Notre Dame, though, there was movement. Oregon, which opened at No. 3 last week, fell a spot to No. 4 thanks to Kansas State's blowout of West Virginia in Morgantown. K-State, which is No. 4 in both the coaches and AP polls, moved up to No. 3 in the BCS. 

Notre Dame's next opponent, Oklahoma, moved up a spot to No. 8 following their pasting of Kansas on Saturday. USC, which Notre Dame will face in late November, moved up from No. 10 to No. 9.

Notre Dame held steady in both the latest AP and coaches polls, slotting in at No. 5 in the rankings after beating BYU 17-14 on Saturday.

Florida leapfrogged K-State in the coaches poll, and the gulf between No. 5 Notre Dame and the No. 4 spot in the poll widened. Last week, the Irish were 46 points behind No. 4 Florida; this week, Notre Dame is 105 points behind K-State. The coaches poll is used in BCS rankings.

Notre Dame also went from 13 points behind K-State to 92 back of the Wildcats in the AP poll.

Oklahoma held steady at No. 8 by the AP rankings but moved up to No. 7 in the coaches poll, the second-highest ranking for a one-loss team.

Right behind OU in the coaches poll is USC, which pasted Colorado 50-10 and only has one loss, that being to No. 19 Stanford. The Trojans are No. 10 in the AP poll, with Ohio State -- not eligible for coaches poll votes -- at No. 9. Michigan, which Notre Dame beat 13-6 in week four, re-entered the coaches poll after the Big 10 was shut out of the rankings last week.

Notre Dame's two wins over teams ranked in the BCS have only been by seven points each, although Kelly isn't concerned about style points coming into play in the rankings. Still, if Oregon, K-State, Alabama and Notre Dame all run the table, that could create a messy situation come December.

"Well, I think clearly that's why there's going to be a new BCS," Kelly said. "They don't want anybody left out. That's not going to be the case this year, and if it ends up that there's three teams undefeated, only two are going to play. I think everybody knows the rules of the game going in, and that's why they're going to be changed moving forward. That's why we'll just control what we can control."

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