Sunday, November 4, 2012
Computers keeping K-State ahead of Ducks
By David Ubben
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Oregon had more eyes watching it than Kansas State this week, with people trying to diagnose just how good the Ducks were.
The defense provided plenty of question marks, but the offense was as good as advertised. Still, the six computer rankings remain unconvinced.
As such, Kansas State retained its lead over Oregon. It's hardly a big one, but it's hardly razor-thin, either. The Ducks cut into it a bit after knocking off USC, but the Wildcats aren't below No. 3 in any of the six computer rankings.
Oregon's BCS average is .9166 compared to Kansas State's .9318. Alabama is well out in front at .9957.
Kansas State is No. 2 in one half and No. 3 in the other. Ironically, it's No. 3 in the computer poll average behind Notre Dame, but the computers have buried Oregon at No. 5 (behind one-loss Florida), while the human voters have Notre Dame stuck at No. 4. The Irish are running dangerously low on style points, especially after needing a near-miraculous escape from Pitt in triple overtime on Saturday.
Oregon hopped Notre Dame this week, but the Ducks aren't in the top three in any of the six computer polls, falling as low as No. 7 in the Sagarin rating.
Anything could happen with the three undefeated teams behind Notre Dame, but Kansas State has the edge for now. It has the computers to thank, even though the Ducks are No. 2 in each of the human polls.