Sunday, November 11, 2012
It's official: K-State makes history
By David Ubben
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Don't expect Bill Snyder to join the party, but Manhattanites, go crazy. For the first time in the history of the BCS, you're living among the No. 1 college football team in America.
All that sweating and nervousness, the anticipation of season-ending disappointment whether the Wildcats lost or not? It's gone.
It's been replaced by a swelling pride in having the No. 1 team in America. Kansas State is sitting atop the BCS for the first time ever, well in control of its fate in the national title race with just two games left in the season.
As expected, the Wildcats replaced Alabama as the No. 1 team in the only rankings that matter, though Oregon is No. 1 in both human polls.
K-State is No. 2 overall in the computer rankings, behind No. 1 Notre Dame. The Wildcats are No. 1 in two of the six computer ratings, No. 2 in three of the ratings and No. 3 in just one of them.
No. 2 Oregon, meanwhile, is still struggling in the computer ratings. The Ducks moved into the top five of all six ratings this week, but are in the top three of only one.
Florida, No. 6 overall, is actually ahead of the Ducks in the computer polls.
Still, Kansas doesn't have to worry about any of that squabbling anymore. It would take a minor miracle to unseat the SnyderCats from their comfy spot atop the rankings, so all that talk about style points? Forget about it.
Snyder and his team know there's still work to be done. Baylor and Texas stand between K-State and a dream regular season, but the opportunity to be the odd man out is no longer a likely possibility. That distinction goes to No. 3 Notre Dame, the computers' favorite team, but a squad that voters don't seem to believe in. The Irish got just one first-place vote in the coaches' poll.
Kansas State got 14, but it got the one vote that really counts: The BCS.
The Wildcats are the 16th team in college football to ascend to No. 1 overall in the BCS, and by now, it's got to feel so, so good.
Here's where the rest of the Big 12 checks in:
23. Texas Tech