OKLAHOMA CITY -- Notre Dame proved on Saturday that it's a legitimate national title contender.
The first BCS standings are out, with only four teams ranked ahead of Notre Dame. The Irish are No. 5 in the poll, with only Alabama, surprising Florida (at No.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Whenever he's asked about Notre Dame's No. 9 ranking or other various national accolades, coach Brian Kelly repeats his mantra: Tune out the noise.
In ESPN's latest Heisman Watch, Manti Te'o sits eighth, ahead of Oregon running back Kenjon Barner and USC quarterback Matt Barkley, among others.
Notre Dame has played the nation's 15th-toughest schedule, according to Jeff Sagarin's ratings, and is undefeated in those four games.