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Kansas State moves up to No. 2 in BCS standings

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at 8:31 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at 6:05 p.m.

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Kansas State would qualify for the BCS championship game if the season ended today. The K-State Wildcats moved up one spot to No. 2 in the latest BCS standings on Sunday, behind top-ranked Alabama. Notre Dame, Oregon and LSU rounded out the top five.

K-State (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) has never been ranked higher in the BCS standings. A 55-24 victory over Texas Tech combined with Georgia’s upset of Florida on Saturday allowed the Wildcats to move into the top two.

They are now in position to play for a national title if they win their final four games against Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor and Texas. The No. 23 Cowboys and No. 24 Longhorns both checked into the BCS top 25. TCU has lost two-straight and Baylor hasn’t won a Big 12 game.

A lot can happen over the final five weeks of the season, though. Immediately after the BCS standings were released Sunday evening, talk turned to the possibility of Notre Dame and Oregon passing K-State in the coming weeks. Along with Alabama, all four teams are undefeated.

The Ducks have a back-loaded schedule that features games against USC, Stanford, Oregon State and possibly the Pac-12 championship game. If they go undefeated, their schedule strength could help them move up in the standings. Or maybe not. USC and Oregon State are both coming off losses.

The Fighting Irish are also a threat. They have lots of momentum following their victory at Oklahoma, and will be heavily favored in upcoming games against Pittsburgh, Boston College and Wake Forest before finishing the season at USC.

They are all chasing Alabama, which has difficult games remaining against LSU, Texas A&M and possibly the SEC championship game.

For now, all K-State can worry about is its next game against Oklahoma State, which will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Snyder Family Stadium and be televised by ABC.

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