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Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, left, celebrates with teammate Stephon Tuitt, right, and Bennett Jackson (2) after an interception against Oklahoma in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Notre Dame won 30-13. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
No. 3 Notre Dame stayed undefeated with an uncharacteristically easy victory at home and then had the rest of the night to watch as the teams in front of it in the national championship race lost.
The Fighting Irish hammered Wake Forest 38-0 on senior day in South Bend, Ind., on Saturday.
Then things got really good for the Irish — and Alabama, Georgia, Florida and maybe even Florida State.
No. 1 Oregon, second in the BCS standings, lost 17-14 at home in overtime to Stanford. Down in Texas, Baylor blasted No. 2 Kansas State, which was first in the BCS standings, 52-24 in Waco.
On Saturday during a home game, Everett Golson threw touchdown passes of 50, 34 and 2 yards, Cierre Wood scored on a 68-yard run and Notre Dame finished the season undefeated at home for the first time since 1998.
The Fighting Irish improved to 11-0 for the first time since 1989 and need to beat Southern California to finish a regular season undefeated for the first time since 1988, the last time they won a national championship. The Demon Deacons (5-6) fell to 1-33 all-time against top 5 teams, their lone win coming against No. 4 Tennessee in 1946.
The victory virtually assures the Irish of a berth in a BCS game. The Irish need to beat USC and likely need either No. 1 Oregon or No. 2 Kansas State to lose to reach the BCS title game.
On Sunday, Notre Dame likely will be the No. 1 team in the nation. And Alabama, which lost last week to Texas A&M and shut out FCS doormat Western Carolina on Saturday, could very well be No. 2.