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Notre Dame sits atop latest BCS release

NEW YORK — Notre Dame is a victory away from playing for the BCS title. Alabama and Georgia each need two, and could have to go through each other.

A day after Oregon and Kansas State lost to give up control of the BCS race, the Fighting Irish (.9973) moved into first place in the standings for the first time.

Notre Dame (11-0), ranked No. 1 in both polls and by the computer ratings, needs only to beat slumping rival Southern California on Saturday in Los Angeles to earn its first trip to the BCS title game.

Alabama (.9333) and Georgia (.8763) also have rivalry games Saturday. The Crimson Tide hosts Auburn and the Bulldogs play Georgia Tech at home.

Kent State is ranked 23rd in the latest BCS standings release.

Tennessee fires Dooley after three seasons

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart believes Derek Dooley improved Tennessee football during his three-year tenure as the Volunteers’ coach.

Dooley just didn’t improve the Vols enough to keep his job.

The 44-year-old Dooley was fired Sunday after posting a 15-21 record that lacked wins over ranked opponents and Southeastern Conference foes. Dooley was 4-19 in SEC games and 0-15 against Top 25 teams. Tennessee (4-7, 0-7 SEC) is 1-14 in the SEC over the last two years.

Hart said Sunday that Dooley improved the team despite inheriting a tough situation, but he noted that “you can’t ignore the results at the end of the day.”

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