NORMAN — Oklahoma and Notre Dame each handled their weekend home opponents to retain high BCS rankings and set up Saturday's top-10 showdown.
The unbeaten Fighting Irish stood pat at No. 5 in the latest BCS standings, which were released Sunday evening, and Oklahoma moved up one spot to No. 8.
Notre Dame and Oklahoma will face off Saturday at 7 p.m. on Owen Field before a national television audience on ABC.
The Sooners (5-1, 3-1 in Big 12 Conference play) breezed past Kansas 52-7 on Saturday. Notre Dame (7-0), meanwhile, got all it wanted from BYU at home in South Bend, Ind.; the Irish needed a fourth-quarter rally to put the Cougars away 17-14.
As expected, defending national champion Alabama held onto its No. 1 ranking, and fellow Southeastern Conference squad Florida remained at No. 2. The Gators beat South Carolina on Saturday, handing the Gamecocks their second loss and dropping them from the top 10.
The only movement inside the top five came from Kansas State and Oregon swapping spots; the Wildcats (7-0) were elevated to No. 3 following their impressive 55-14 rout at West Virginia, and Oregon (7-0) moved down to No. 4 despite its 43-21 win at Arizona State.
Kansas State handed Oklahoma its lone 2012 loss on Sept. 22, in a 24-19 decision.
Texas Tech (6-1) moved up to No. 14 this week in the BCS following its thrilling win at TCU. The Red Raiders' only 2012 defeat came on Oct. 13 at home, 41-20 to Oklahoma.
But after a convincing home win over West Virginia the following week, and Saturday's TCU win, Tech has an opportunity to vault into the top 10 when it travels to Kansas State on Saturday.
Oklahoma was ranked seventh in both the Harris Interactive and coaches' polls, the two top 25 polls that comprise two-thirds of the BCS formula. The final BCS standings determine the No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup for January's national championship game, being played this year Jan. 7 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
OU's coaches' poll ranking didn't change from last week, but in the Harris Poll, the Sooners moved up two spots from No. 9.
Six averaged computer rankings also figure into the BCS formula, with each team's highest and lowest rankings disregarded. Oklahoma's average computer ranking, No. 10, stayed the same as last week's.
The Oklahoma-Notre Dame game isn't the only big matchup with BCS implications next weekend; top-ranked Alabama hosts Mississippi State, which, despite its unbeaten record, is ranked No. 11 in the BCS, behind three one-loss teams.
In another big SEC game, Florida plays against No. 10 Georgia on Saturday.
Then the next week, Alabama plays at No. 6 LSU, which is off next weekend. The Nov. 3 Alabama-LSU game is intriguing because of last season; the Tigers won 9-6 in overtime, but Alabama won the rematch 21-0 in the BCS title game.