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K-State is the BCS’ new No. 1 team

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Thanks to Texas A&M, there are now only three undefeated teams fighting to fill one of two spots in this year’s BCS championship game.

Your new No. 1 team? Kansas State, fresh off a win over TCU. As we said Saturday night, the Wildcats should be feeling good about their BCS chances so long as they can win their remaining games against Baylor and No. 15 Texas, which has quietly rebounded after dropping a pair of Big 12 games in early October. Manhattan, KS, could be a rocking town here in a couple of weeks.

Oregon comes in at No. 2 as the Ducks prepare for a difficult stretch against No. 13 Stanford and No. 16 Oregon State. Despite being the top-ranked team in both the AP and USA Today coaches’ polls, the Ducks are still looking at a No. 4 computer average. That should figure to go up if Chip Kelly’s team can get through the next few weeks unscathed.

Left out as of the BCS championship picture as of tonight, once again, is No. 3 Notre Dame. It’s still hard to imagine the Irish could be undefeated with quality wins against Oklahoma, Stanford and perhaps USC and still be left out of the championship game, but that’s the way things appear to be lining up.

Alabama falls to No. 4 after losing a heartbreaker at home to A&M, and is the first of six straight SEC teams in the BCS top 10 — yet the SEC’s streak of six straight BCS championship game appearances could very well be coming to an end — before Florida State rounds out the list.

Staying in the ACC, Clemson comes in at No. 11, Oklahoma comes in at No. 12 and Nebraska is ranked 14th. Rivals UCLA and USC come in at No. 17 and No. 18, respectively, and will be playing for the Pac-12 South lead next Saturday. In fact, the Pac-12 BCS at-large picture gets interesting in the next few weeks with Stanford, Oregon State, UCLA and USC all playing in important games. To receive a BCS at-large bid, a team must be ranked in the top 14.

Louisville drops nine spots to No. 19 after losing a shocker to Syracuse and Louisiana Tech, still eyeing a BCS bowl appearance, checks in at No. 20.

Michigan, Rutgers, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Washington round out the BCS top 25.

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51 Responses to “K-State is the BCS’ new No. 1 team”
  1. kiopta1 says: Nov 11, 2012 8:54 PM

    Go Stanford. I want a KSU Vs ND NCG.

  2. thekatman says: Nov 11, 2012 8:58 PM

    Notre Dame will be irrlevant after USC puts up a whipping on the Domers in 2 weeks.

  3. olebubba says: Nov 11, 2012 9:00 PM

    USC will get there @ss handed to them in the coliseum by ND….it’s gonna be ND vs Kansas St when it’s all said and done.

  4. lbijake says: Nov 11, 2012 9:04 PM

    @katman, unfortunately you are mistaken, Notre Dame does not play the University of South Carolina in two weeks.

  5. wustlumdnj says: Nov 11, 2012 9:07 PM

    6-4 Washington given that much love by the computers that they’re 15 spots ahead of where their CP ranking is. Interesting stuff

  6. intergalacticbronco says: Nov 11, 2012 9:07 PM

    @Ibijake

    Sorry, but nobody outside of South Carolina associates ‘USC’ with anything other than Southern Cal.

  7. thekatman says: Nov 11, 2012 9:08 PM

    Ha, ha, ha. That’s funny lbijake. When folks speak of USC they mean The University of Southern California. When are referring the the SOuth Carolina university in Columbia, we refer to it as Carolina. Look on their football jerseys. It desn’t say USC, it says Carolina.

  8. doublebro says: Nov 11, 2012 9:18 PM

    Bama lost a heartbreaker?!?…the game I watched they got their butts kicked.

  9. irishdodger says: Nov 11, 2012 9:22 PM

    -LSU is #7 in the BCS with two losses, struggles with Towson and Auburn. Lost two the only two decent teams faced. Only “quality” win is against #21 Mississippi State that only has wins against 1-AA teams and 3 win D1 teams.
    -Florida is #6 after struggling with BGSU, Mizzou, losing to Georgia and now needing a last second block return against Sun Belt team. They face Jacksonville State (FCS) next week and then FSU.
    -Georgia is top 5 after giving up 44 points to Tennessee, playing it close with Kentucky and losing to the ONE decent team they faced. SEC title game locked up and will get a big bump with a win.

    Essentially these guys have beaten no one at all. The only qualifier they have is that they lost to “good” teams. Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and LSU all beating each other has really jacked this thing up.

    Oregon’s schedule, I count one victory over a ranked team USC
    Sept. 1, 2012 Arkansas St. W 57-34 1-0
    Sept. 8, 2012 Fresno State W 42-25 2-0
    Sept. 15, 2012 Tennessee Tech W 63-14 3-0
    Sept. 22, 2012 Arizona W 49-0 4-0 (1-0)
    Sept. 29, 2012 at Wash. St. W 51-26 5-0 (2-0)
    Oct. 6, 2012 Washington W 52-21 6-0 (3-0)
    Oct. 18, 2012 at Arizona State W 43-21 7-0 (4-0)
    Oct. 27, 2012 Colorado W 70-14 8-0 (5-0)
    Nov. 3, 2012 at USC W 62-51 9-0 (6-0)
    Nov. 10, 2012 at California W

  10. cometkazie says: Nov 11, 2012 9:25 PM

    If you put it as U$C, everybody knows who you are talking about. ;)

  11. hardballtalkusername says: Nov 11, 2012 9:27 PM

    irishdodger, you might want to take a second look at the BCS standings, as Washington is also a ranked team that Oregon beat.

  12. hay1111 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:42 PM

    Good luck to the other teams since the SEC is letting you all have a chance to win a championship.

  13. huskersrock1 says: Nov 11, 2012 9:55 PM

    Good luck K-state, this Husker would love to see you win it all.

  14. loadofwashmother says: Nov 11, 2012 10:04 PM

    Nd may loose to usc or may not! But it’s only one game, USCheaters will always be cheaters and thugs, and will always lack graduation rate
    Good luck for those who represent USCheaters !

  15. joeonion says: Nov 11, 2012 10:07 PM

    KState is #2 in Harris, USA Today and Computer. Oregon is #1 in Harris and USA, yet KState is #1 overall. Why is that? Shocker in Computer: Notre Dame is #1 (huh?) and Oregon is #4! So the Computer ranking drops Oregon just below a more consistently ranked KState. Lies, damn lies, and statistics!

  16. theonlyjagsfan says: Nov 11, 2012 10:19 PM

    Any of the one loss SEC teams would beat Kansas State, Notre Dame, or Oregon in the National Championship game. You know deep down inside that I’m right.

  17. pedagoguish says: Nov 11, 2012 10:43 PM

    How can the computers possibly place Florida above Oregon? The BCS computer rankings are a joke. Throw them out.

  18. sincityhawk says: Nov 11, 2012 10:49 PM

    So let’s see, ND beat Stanford and Oklahoma for what we consider “good” wins. ND’s wins over a very mediocre Big Ten conference Michigan, 13-6, (who weeks prior got blasted by Bama) and a win over a 5-5 (2-4 in Big Ten), Mich St team isn’t appealing this year. Throw in a 3 OT, home win against Pitt and follow up with not so thrilling win over Boston College makes me scratch my head on why people think ND should be higher.

    Besides K-State and Oregon, I could see Bama, UGA, UF, LSU, A&M, Clemson and FLA St beating ND. The Irish should be thrilled to be #3 and even be mentioned as a relevent team this year.

  19. kiopta1 says: Nov 11, 2012 10:54 PM

    So your saying ND has already beatin KSU’s big opponent and one of Oregon’s main opponents.

  20. irishdodger says: Nov 11, 2012 11:08 PM

    All the talk about SEC defense has taken a hit this year as a former B12 team (where SEC fan says they don’t play D) in A&M has rolled up plenty of yds & pts mostly by Johnny Manziel who is the leading rusher! Bama & LSU are the only consistent powers in the SEC (the rest ride their coattails) but even they have been shown to be mortal. This years BCS is anyone’s game. I wouldn’t be surprised if they all had at least one loss,

  21. sincityhawk says: Nov 11, 2012 11:10 PM

    Kansas St’s wins in the Big 12 are much more impressive than ND’s wins in the weak Big Ten. Oregon’s season starts next week with Stanford, Oregon St and the PAC 12 Campionship, so we will wait and see.

  22. poopiedumdum says: Nov 11, 2012 11:16 PM

    Sincity….how about we not talk about what we think and instead what we know…..uf almost/should have got beat by Missouri and Lafayette, LSU almost/should have got beat by Towson, and Georgia almost got beat by Kentucky. Every team has had some tougher games than expected. Not only that, but those three teams all tout big wins as beating up on each other. And you want to talk schedules? How about you look at who all These great sec team have lined up in mid-NOVEMBER! FCS opponents across the board – wofford, Jacksonville state, western Carolina, and Georgia Southern. Most of these are the second FCS opponents they have played this year! You should be embarrassed.

  23. pdcooper08 says: Nov 11, 2012 11:30 PM

    Poopiedumdum, follow your own words. Lets go with what we know, not about what you think almost happened. Which teams won in the almost games. Your sounding like a ND fan now justifying your big wins against lowly navy, BYU, Pitt and BC. You didn’t almost lose, you won. So therefore you must be good. See you in two weeks!

  24. pemory says: Nov 11, 2012 11:32 PM

    How is it possible for Florida to not fall in the polls?!?? This [BCS] becomes more-n-more of a joke each season. I mean seriously…can any Gator fan defend this BS?

  25. sincityhawk says: Nov 11, 2012 11:38 PM

    I can’t be embarrassed due to your signature name “poopiedumdum”! You are talking in “almost’s” and “should haves” in your scenario’s. Hey, what if ND lost to Pitt, what if Oregon lost to USC? You see, we can play your little game all day too Poopiedumdum (as I write this I can’t believe I am arguing with someone named this).

    I know you all want to say the SEC is finally done, but look at the ranked teams, 4 Thru 9. Hey, what if ND or K-State had to play a Top 5 team in a Conference Championship? Huh?

  26. techvet says: Nov 11, 2012 11:46 PM

    Stoops’ biggest home loss ever was not to K-State…it was to Notre Dame.

  27. Deb says: Nov 12, 2012 12:00 AM

    Wow … didn’t expect that after the other poll rankings put Oregon at #1. Congrats to K-State!! So much fun to see Peddy get pissy :D

  28. infrno says: Nov 12, 2012 12:55 AM

    irishdodger says: Nov 11, 2012 9:22 PM

    -LSU is #7 in the BCS with two losses, struggles with Towson and Auburn. Lost two the only two decent teams faced. Only “quality” win is against #21 Mississippi State that only has wins against 1-AA teams and 3 win D1 teams.

    ———————————–

    You’re an idiot. LSU beat Washington (#25), Texas A&M (#8), South Carolina (#9).

    Oh , and it’s lost “to”, not “two”.

  29. billmead1976 says: Nov 12, 2012 1:01 AM

    When all is said and done, SEC coaches and their regional newswriter puppets will vote Oregon, KSU and ND in the low teens ensuring another boring SEC snorefest for the Championship game..

  30. infrno says: Nov 12, 2012 1:49 AM

    And yet, it was the SEC that has wanted a playoff for years. Wonder why that is? Oh! Prolly because our worst teams could (and have) beat your best teams.

    Oregon and K-State would have at least 2 losses in a real conference.

    But hey, be thankful that you have one more year.

    (BTW Oregon in particular has had at least 2 opportunities to beat an SEC team. They, um, how do I put this in lightly, failed).

    Failed.

    Failed.

    Yes, I love saying it, you losers outside of the SEC fail.

  31. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Nov 12, 2012 1:52 AM

    Shoot I guess I was wrong about who will play in this year’s BCS game.
    So instead of Bama vs LSU this year, it will be Bama vs Florida…
    Why you say?
    Every body will lose at least one game this year after its all said and done, leaving Bama and Florida as the number one and two in the BCS ranking and the World is right again.
    God Bless and Geaux Tigers!!!

  32. rsmeans says: Nov 12, 2012 4:30 AM

    When all is said and done the two best teams in the country are Alabama and LSU. With Texas AM and South Carolina at 3rd and fourth but given the crazy way the Harris and Coaches Polls are constructed none will probably be in the NC game. Let’s be serious the Big10, Big 12, PAC 12 do not have a single team that could compete with the elite in the SEC. When the 2014 playoffs come you will see two SEC teams in the NC practically every year. The most important reason is that the most talented players are in Florida, Georgia, Alabama Lousiana and South Carolina. The TCU coach put it best when he said that SEC based players simply have better genes and hence dominate.

  33. stoutfiles says: Nov 12, 2012 7:00 AM

    Just a thought, why must bowl games always be weather and locations that favor the warm SEC? It’s time to have some colder bowl games that favor tough cold weather teams.

  34. norcalirish says: Nov 12, 2012 7:01 AM

    Body of work so far puts ND at number one, easily. We’ll see next week…go Stanford!!!

  35. BrownsTown says: Nov 12, 2012 7:25 AM

    Oklahoma St = 2011 National Champs

  36. twoody50 says: Nov 12, 2012 7:48 AM

    Computer rankings are just a result of their programmers, biased or not. Power rankings and SOS are the indicators. ND is mired somewhere around 30. Oregon Arizona, Washington, Arizona St……..etc are all above them. You can’t play the service acadamies and expect power rankings. ND played two games this year….Oklahoma and Stanford.

  37. florida727 says: Nov 12, 2012 8:00 AM

    I’m an SEC fan, but even I find these ranking a bit absurd. All SEC teams ranked 4 through 9? Come on guys. That’s a bit ridiculous. You mean to tell me that one-loss Florida State and Clemson should NOT be ranked ahead of TWO-loss SEC teams like A&M, South Carolina and LSU?

    I’m also a Gator fan, and you’re going to tell me that just because we beat 2 two-loss teams in LSU and A&M, we deserve to be ranked #6? Okay, nice road wins at A&M and LSU, and a home blowout of South Carolina, but where’s the other “quality” wins? Struggle against Bowling Green. Struggle against Vanderbilt. Struggle against Missouri. Get lucky against UL-Lafayette. Heck, that game wasn’t even against the entire state of Louisiana. It was only the LAFAYETTE part. Sorry, but we’re overrated at #6. Top 10? Maybe.

    But I will say this: for all of you making Notre Dame out to be among the elite, you better use the same argument you have for the over-ranking of some SEC teams… their body of work. Notre Dame beat Purdue (aka Pur-DON’T) by 3. Notre Dame beat Michigan by 7. Notre Dame beat BYU (BY-Who?) by 3. Notre Dame beat Stanford in OT by 7. Notre Dame beat Pitt (Pitt? Sh!t) by 3… in THREE overtimes. Oh, and ALL of these games were at HOME! Not exactly a Murderer’s Row of challenges (NY Yankees reference thrown in for you older fans). Bottom line: yes, they’ve won, but they’ve dominated no one AT HOME. If it wasn’t for their win at Oklahoma, no one would give them any props at all, because they haven’t CONVINCINGLY beaten anyone, just like Florida hasn’t convincingly beaten anyone either. Beat USC on the road… BY A LOT… then state your case.

  38. rsmeans says: Nov 12, 2012 9:05 AM

    BrownsTown I am sure that you like most Big12 fans have reading and research problems along with your pathetic Little 12 conference. None of your teams would be in the top 6 of the SEC. The Big 12 lost their only match up with the SEC last year and was a pathetic 3-5 in bowl games in 2010. The only reason OSU had only one lost last year was because they played no one.

  39. gorilladunk says: Nov 12, 2012 9:16 AM

    @rsmeans….I guess you missed Saturday’s results. A mid-tier Big 12 cast off beat down the “pride of the SEC” on Sat.

  40. irishdodger says: Nov 12, 2012 9:32 AM

    Twoody:

    You said ND played “service academies” as in more than one. I know ND plays Navy every year as thanks to the Academy for saving them from closing the school during WWII…but I didn’t see Air Force or Army on their schedule this year. At least service academies are FBS teams, that’s a lot tougher win than Jacksonville St, Western Carolina, Coastal Carolina, Towson and the other FCS sacrificial lambs. Meanwhile there’s teams in the Sun Belt that are better suited for the overrated SEC. Louisiana-Monroe proved it this season.

  41. irishdodger says: Nov 12, 2012 9:37 AM

    Infrno:

    Back at you. Washington is 6-4 and you’re touting that as a big win? I don’t care where they’re ranked when they have four losses….quit grasping. Besides if they’re not an SEC team, they don’t count as a quality opponent…right? Can’t have it both ways. A&M has come over from the Big 12 & schooled your precious SEC defenses….but wait now they’re an SEC team, too; so now they’re respected. Maybe you should admit LA-Monroe into the SEC so their win over Arkansas & OT loss to Auburn don’t look so embarrassing. You know the same Auburn that LSU only beat 12-10? Talk about hypocrites.

  42. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 12, 2012 9:42 AM

    Aggies are the 8th best team in the country an only the 5th best in the SEC. Wow! I heard from Geoff Ketchum that the SEC was overrated this year. What a crock! 6 or top 10 from SEC.

  43. infrno says: Nov 12, 2012 10:40 AM

    @ irishdodger

    I was just correcting your retarded statement that our only quality win (and most people with more than 2 functioning neurons define that as against a ranked opponent) was against Ms State. We’ve actually beaten 3 BCS ranked teams. I’m sorry that you can’t understand that.

    You do realize that A&M has a brand new coach and has actually lost to 2 of our defenses, yes? Oh wait, since you’re an idiot that didn’t even know that LSU beat them at home a few weeks ago, you probably didn’t know that, either.

    And yes, we struggled early in the season against a couple of teams we should have blown out, mostly due to an inordinate number of injuries. What’s your excuse for needing triple overtime to finally steal a win from a horrible Pitt?

    Moron.

  44. irishdodger says: Nov 12, 2012 2:38 PM

    @infrno:

    Your delusional. U got beat by a Florida team that was lucky to survive ULL? Towson is a high school team that gave you trouble. Your coach has done less with more talent than any coach in the nation. U keep hanging your hat on that UW win though sweetheart. U can’t have it both ways by bashing conferences like the PAC 12 but then gloating about an early season victory over a 6-4 Huskies team that impresses no one. Do your homework & see who has the best D vs the best competition. Then ask yourself which teams NEVER schedule FCS schools. I love your weak excuse about injuries, everyone deals w/ injuries you moron. ND is starting a WR & true freshman RB at each CB position. ND also doesn’t have the luxury of over signing in recent years….luckily Slive put a stop to that in the SEC. You’re loaded w/ more fatherless phenoms w/ learning disabilities than any team in the nation….and u still can’t go undefeated. I thought y’all would do it last year, but your idiot savant HC screwed the pooch again. Now go back to your mommy’s basement, reload the bong & go call Finebaum to cry how the SEC is still the greatest.

  45. irishdodger says: Nov 12, 2012 2:40 PM

    You’re not your

  46. infrno says: Nov 12, 2012 2:52 PM

    No one was gloating, just correcting your erroneous statement. Try again.

    I love how you’re bashing LSU for not destroying a couple of weaker opponents when ND needed 3 OTs just to scrape out a win over a horrible Pitt team. LSU’s only 2 losses have come from top 5 teams and both of which could easily have been won by LSU.

  47. joeychargers says: Nov 12, 2012 9:49 PM

    Oregon wanted to play K State, and they turned it down. If they hadn’t wussed out, then all of this would already be put to rest, and Oregon would officially be #1, because they would have won.

  48. txnative61 says: Nov 13, 2012 1:08 AM

    Schools benefit from tough schedules even if they lose, because they learn more from good teams than pushovers. Witness Washington losing to LSU in Death Valley, then beating Stanford and Oregon State. So the computers think narrow victory’s over Stanford worth #1 for Notre Dame and #25 for Washington. I agree they are likely the best 6-4 team in the country.

  49. waynefontes says: Nov 13, 2012 6:55 AM

    stoutfiles says:
    Nov 12, 2012 7:00 AM
    Just a thought, why must bowl games always be weather and locations that favor the warm SEC? It’s time to have some colder bowl games that favor tough cold weather teams.

    ————————————————–

    It would be interesting to see an SEC team play in harsh weather. I’m one of those SEC homers, but it would be cool to see an SEC team out in frigid weather and harsh elements. That being said…

    Where would you rather spend a cold, winter day around Christmas time if you had a vacation?

    A) Any city in Florida or Texas
    B) Any city in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana or Pennsylvania

    If you have disposable income and vacation time, New Orleans or Tampa sounds a lot better than Detroit or Pittsburgh in December/January.

    I understand your point (a valid one), but people are more inclined to go where the weather is warmer. Which is why a lot of retirees from the North migrate towards the South, and the opposite rarely happens.

    This is why the South attracts more top notch recruits, and will continue to do so.

  50. mempusa says: Nov 13, 2012 6:58 AM

    Where is Ohio St?

  51. txnative61 says: Nov 14, 2012 1:29 AM

    @rsmeans—I won’t argue the SEC’s dominance, although one would think they would schedule more quality outside competition to make it more obvious. I disagree that the most talented athletes are from the South, and that its entirely genetic. The best prep athletes come from Texas, actually, and knowledgeable recruiters have said you can’t compete nationally without recruiting there. They simply spend enormous amounts statewide on prep football, and have better facilities than many colleges. Pass, catch, and defend competitions are led by parents throughout the summers. The SEC wanted Texas A@M to better showcase their teams to recruits their. Big is better in football so in the trenches the South has an edge, but talent is widely exported from Texas.

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