A loyal reader passed along an interesting question this morning:
“How does Kansas State compare to all the other undefeated teams across the country?”
Well, there are 25 teams with perfect records out there and they can be grouped into four categories.
Eighteen are ranked in both the AP and USA Today Top 25 Polls. Three are ranked in only one of the polls. Two are receiving votes in both polls. Two more are being ignored by the voters completely.
The Wildcats are grouped with Northwestern in the “others receiving votes” category. Indiana and Texas A&M are behind them in the “receiving no votes” category, and Missouri, Oklahoma State and North Carolina State all sport a ranking in one poll.
Based purely on those categories, K-State would appear to rank near the bottom of the nation’s 25 undefeated teams, but its resume doesn’t look much different than some of the teams with numbers next to their names.
Let’s push the 18 teams ranked in both polls to the side and examine the other seven:
RANKED IN ONE POLL
North Carolina State 4-0 (23rd in AP Poll)
Wins: 48-7 Western Carolina, 28-21 at Central Florida, 30-19 Cincinnati, 45-28 at Georgia Tech
Synopsis: The only undefeated team in the ACC may win a conference championship this year.
Missouri 4-0 (23rd in USA Today Poll)
Wins: 23-13 vs. Illinois, 50-6 McNeese State, 27-24 San Diego State, 51-13 Miami (OH)
Synopsis: Good win over the Illini, way-too-close victory over the Aztecs.
Oklahoma State 3-0 (24th in USA Today Poll)
Wins: 65-17 Washington State, 41-38 Troy, 65-28 Tulsa.
Synopsis: The Cowboys sure can score a lot of points.
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:
Kansas State 4-0 (27 AP votes, 17 USA Today votes)
Wins: 31-22 UCLA, 48-24 Missouri State, 27-20 vs. Iowa State, 17-13 Central Florida
Synopsis: Three ugly wins, but the victory over UCLA looks pretty good today.
Northwestern 4-0 (4 AP votes, 21 USA Today votes)
Wins: 23-21 at Vanderbilt, 37-3 Illinois State, 30-13 at Rice, 30-25 Central Michigan
Synopsis: Two road wins, but nothing special yet.
RECEIVING NO VOTES:
Texas A&M 3-0
Wins: 48-7 Stephen F. Austin, 48-16 Louisiana Tech, 27-20 Florida International
Synopsis: Three soft wins, and the Aggies needed a fourth-quarter rally to beat Florida International.
Wins: 51-17 Towson, 38-21 at Western Kentucky, 35-20 Akron
Synopsis: The worst undefeated team in the country.