We’ll have a playoff in college football soon and the confusion that has reigned over the sports for these oh-so-many years will be cleared up.
Most teams are through more than half of their 12-game schedules, so we’re starting to get a better idea of the contenders vs. the pretenders. And Kansas State, folks, is a contender. The Wildcats are smack-dab in the middle of the national-championship picture, ranked No. 3 in this week’s BCS standings behind only Alabama and Florida.
The question becomes: Is there a way for K-State to get to No. 2? And the answer is: Heck yeah, are you kidding me?
Florida just needs to lose. And the Gators could do that this week at home against Georgia, 6-1. Or they could do it against Florida State on Nov. 24. And if Florida wins the SEC East, the Gators could lose to Alabama or the SEC West representative in the conference championship game. So, yeah, Florida could easily lose.
What about Oregon? The Ducks were No. 3 in the BCS last week, but dropped a spot this week so that Kansas State could slide into that position. Oregon has three difficult games remaining on its schedule: at USC (Nov. 3), Stanford (Nov. 17) and at Oregon State (Nov. 24). The Ducks could lose.
Then there is Notre Dame, sitting at No. 5 in the BCS. The Irish’s fan base is going a little bonkers, seeing how it has been a while since ND was in the championship hunt. But . . . and this is a major “but” . . . The Irish plays at red-hot Oklahoma on Saturday. And Notre Dame finishes the regular season at USC on Nov. 24. So you better believe the Irish is in danger of losing a game.
Which brings us back to Kansas State. The general feeling is that with road games against Oklahoma, Iowa State and West Virginia in the rear view mirror – all wins, by the way – K-State’s schedule lightens up.
Whoa, there, fella. What’s light about a remaining schedule that includes five teams with a combined record of 23-10? Does that sound light to you?
Kansas State has Texas Tech coming to Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday. And save a misstep against Iowa State in Lubbock earlier this season, the Red Raiders are perfect. Also, Tech has the nation’s No. 11 offense to go with the No. 7 defense. The more you look at this game, the more you see the potential for a letdown, even though the word “letdown” isn’t in Bill Snyder’s vocabulary.
Next week, Kansas State is at home again against Oklahoma State, the country’s top offensive team. Then come road games at TCU and Baylor before a home game on Dec. 1 against Texas.
K-State could run the table. Don’t put anything past the Wildcats and quarterback Collin Klein.
However, there isn’t an easy mark for the Cats the rest of the way. These are all tough games in which anything can happen. And, with my sincere apologies to Snyder for the word I’m about to use, doesn’t every team have a, um, letdown?
Perhaps Kansas State had one at Iowa State, where the Wildcats narrowly won. Perhaps KSU’s letdown was against North Texas last month. Perhaps there are no more letdowns for K-State.
I’ll say this, any team that has Snyder on the sideline and Collin Klein in the huddle has a serious edge up on most other teams.
Klein is having a tremendous follow-up to a tremendous 2011 season. Let’s face it, the guy is just tremendous.
Klein has completed 70.5 percent of his attempts for 1,397 yards and 10 touchdowns. That’s a big jump from 2011, when Klein completed 57.3 of his pass attempts. And he’s still rushing with the same abandon and finding the end zone with regularity.
Klein is the best college football player in America. There is no need to qualify that nine-word statement. It is simply fact.
And the argument can be made that Snyder is having his best season as a coach, at the tender age of 73. He has after burners that ignite after his three previous sets of after burners shut down.
It’s still to early, honestly, to know which teams will be playing in the BCS national championship game on Jan. 7 in Miami. But it’s exciting that Kansas State is in the mix this deep into the season. And a strong case can be made that the Wildcats are the most well-rounded team, outside of Alabama, in the BCS picture.
Stay tuned. This thing will start to become clearer over the next few weeks. I think Kansas State has real shot.
Thanks, as always, for reading. And pull for the St. Louis Cardinals tonight, please.