GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The No. 2 spot in the Bowl Championship Series standings, a hot potato since mid-October, now belongs to Kansas. And the undefeated Jayhawks are not certain they can win their way to the BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans.
Kansas (11-0), the fifth different No. 2 team in the six releases of the standings, sits behind only LSU (10-1) in the standings sent out Sunday. If the Jayhawks and Tigers each win the next two weeks, they will play for the title Jan. 7.
Kansas plays No. 4 Missouri on Saturday night at Arrowhead Stadium.
A win there would move the Jayhawks to the Big 12 title game on Dec. 1, likely against Oklahoma. LSU hosts Arkansas on Friday afternoon and then meets Georgia or Tennessee in the Dec. 1 Southeastern Conference title game.
The Top 2 teams in the BCS standings released Dec. 2 will play for the national title.
A slew of teams, bumped back into the championship-game chase when then-No. 2 Oregon and then-No. 4 Oklahoma were upset over the weekend, sit ready to slide into the Top 2 if Kansas or LSU falters. West Virginia (9-1) benefited most from the Ducks' and Sooners' losing.
Missouri (10-1) comes next--like Kansas and LSU, the Tigers can play for a national title just by winning their remaining games. Missouri meets Kansas, and then has the Big 12 Championship.
Big 10 champion Ohio State (11-1) and Arizona State (9-1) rank fifth and sixth but need at least two favorites to lose to wiggle into the title game. Oregon (8-2) and Oklahoma (9-2), upset victims, fell to No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. Florida (8-3) is No. 12.
Then there's Hawaii (10-0), this year's top BCS candidate from outside the six BCS leagues. The Warriors are 15th and need to finish among the Top 12 to automatically qualify for a BCS game. Wins against Boise State and over Washington might be enough to get Hawaii to the Sugar Bowl.
CARR TO RETIRE -- Michigan coach Lloyd Carr will retire today after 13 seasons, ending an era marked by highs of winning a national championship and five Big Ten titles and lows of losing to Ohio State and Appalachian State.
Carr told The Associated Press of his decision Sunday by phone, saying he wouldn't comment further until a news conference this morning at the school.
The news comes a day after Michigan lost to Ohio State for the fourth straight year, ending a trying season for Carr and the Wolverines that started with an embarrassing loss to second-tier Appalachian State.
Carr is 121-40 with a .752 winning percentage, ranking him seventh among active coaches just behind Florida State's Bobby Bowden.