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Baylor’s defense helps Bears upend K-State

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Wait, what??????

Notre Dame fans rejoice. You’re one win away from a BCS championship appearance. Now that I’ve jinxed the Irish (so sorry, you guys!) it’s time to turn our attention to the upset of the night: Baylor beating torpedoing No. 2 Kansas State 52-24 in Waco.

The Bears’ defense, statistically one of the worst in the country, held Heisman trophy frontrunner (not anymore) Collin Klein in check. Klein tossed three interceptions and was thrown violently back into the Heisman “mix” along with Johnny Manziel and Marqise Lee. But it was K-State’s defense that couldn’t do anything about Baylor. The Bears racked up nearly 600 yards of offense and pushed the Wildcats around up front. K-State, normally cool and composed, was outmatched the entire evening. Player of the game? How about Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk, an Oregon transfer of all things. He had 185 yards on the ground and a touchdown.

If you saw all that coming, email us your bets for next week. Please and thank you.

Most importantly, it knocks K-State out of the BCS championship picture. Baylor had one conference win before tonight and still isn’t bowl eligible. Losing to Baylor the way they did, the Wildcats are all but officially done in the BCS championship discussion.

No. 1 Oregon has gone down as well (more on that later), so the BCS standings are going to be a wee bit different come Sunday evening.

Paying extra close attention? Some folks in South Bend. And in the Southeastern part of the United States, for that matter.

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41 Responses to “Baylor’s defense helps Bears upend K-State”
  1. irishchamps2012 says: Nov 17, 2012 11:45 PM

    Well, someone certainly was over-ranked…it just turns out to be Oregon and KSU.

    …let the excuses begin.

    Go Irish!

  2. olebubba says: Nov 17, 2012 11:47 PM

    The cream rises to the top…about time they get the credit they deserve….GO IRISH!!

  3. waynefontes says: Nov 17, 2012 11:48 PM

    Does this mean the SEC’s reign is still dead?

    Open mouth, insert foot.

  4. barbeaux says: Nov 17, 2012 11:49 PM

    Georgia will beat Bama in the SEC championship and then beat ND in the BCS championship….that’s my prediction.

  5. tigerhawkeye says: Nov 17, 2012 11:50 PM

    I don’t envy the computers that have to choose between Alabama and Oregon for the #2 spot in the BCS standings.


    Seriously though, I can’t wait for a playoff system to replace this current BCS nonsense.

  6. jimbo75025 says: Nov 17, 2012 11:51 PM

    While the devil in me loves this BCS chaos, a part of me feels bad for K State and Bill Snyder. He has always seemed an incredibly classy dude and sometimes those guys deserve all the success in the world than guys like Lane Kiffin.

  7. jdillydawg says: Nov 17, 2012 11:53 PM

    I do love me a good spoiler. Sic ’em Bears! And how ’bout that headline!

    Baylor? Defense? Two words that are rarely ever mentioned in the same sentence positively!

  8. earpaniac says: Nov 17, 2012 11:53 PM

    As a Notre Dame fan, all I can say is, “Whoo-hooo!!!”.

  9. southernpatriots says: Nov 17, 2012 11:53 PM

    Congratulations to Baylor. I think it may have been the first time that a team with a losing record defeated (and actually dominated) a No. 1 ranked team?

    I watched Stanford play a great game against Oregon and it could not have been more even…into overtime with a made field goal after Oregon missed their attempt.

    USC could envison their game next week with Notre Dame as redemption on a disappointing season. Their coaches may frame that game in such a way. I don’t know which USC will show up but I am looking forward to the game.

    There were surely some upsets tonight!

  10. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Nov 17, 2012 11:54 PM

    We’re baaaacckk!!!!!

  11. ningenito78 says: Nov 17, 2012 11:54 PM

    Go look at the NY Post from either Wednesday or Thursday. Len Robbins said outright that Kansas St would lose to Baylor. And his article was unequivocal. Definitely reading his picks more closely here on out.

  12. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Nov 17, 2012 11:54 PM

    And yes I do see ND losing next week against an embarrass USC.

  13. normtide says: Nov 17, 2012 11:58 PM

    Long way to go, but the door is open. Roll Tide! And LMAO at all the SECYA signs and posts.

  14. infrno says: Nov 18, 2012 12:00 AM

    @ SP – I wonder what will happen if USC does just that.

    My prediction is that, regardless of which other team they play, Mark Richt will finally get a title.

  15. barbeaux says: Nov 18, 2012 12:03 AM

    What happens if Florida St beats Florida and then wins the ACC championship game, Alabama beats Georgia in the SEC championship game and USC beats ND? Would it be an LSU/Bama rematch in the BCS championship? Florida St/Bama? Texas A&M/Bama? There’d be lots of arguing…certainly a revision of arguments from last year but switched up teams.

  16. oaktown49er says: Nov 18, 2012 12:05 AM

    tigerhawkeye says:
    Nov 17, 2012 11:50 PM
    I don’t envy the computers that have to choose between Alabama and Oregon for the #2 spot in the BCS standings.
    I’m not sure Bama wasn’t in the title game even if Ore. won. 49-0 over Western Carolina? shows Bama deserves a title. Same old BCS crap.

  17. southernpatriots says: Nov 18, 2012 12:09 AM

    infrno: If that happens it could not happen to a better man. He is a class act. Ever since he led his team to visit a young man with a terminal illness and then sent a GA Bulldog jersey, along with his appearance at the young man’s funeral, I have been in his corner. A few times I thought he may have been too good of a man for success in college football. It would really be good for my brother in law as well, who is a former Bulldog player. He might be insufferable for awhile if the Bulldogs win it all, though! HA.

  18. taintedlombardis says: Nov 18, 2012 12:14 AM

    When they reviewed the non- touchdown in the Stanford – Oregon game, did they call the SEC commissioner for the ruling? Ball was moving when the player was out of bounds.

  19. infrno says: Nov 18, 2012 12:17 AM

    SP – totally agree. The man paid his staff out of his own pocket last year and almost got in trouble for it!

    I love our coach (and I have to admit, I won’t blame him if he ever leaves after hearing all of the complaining tonight – my baby girl actually told some of the “fans” that they should try and do better), but I will say that if I had a second choice, it would be Mark Richt.

  20. infrno says: Nov 18, 2012 12:19 AM

    Hey taint – it was a touchdown. Get over it.

  21. irish75 says: Nov 18, 2012 12:19 AM

    Hey, this ought to get ND at least two 1st place votes tomorrow knowing how the current crop votes. What a joke. Your choosen #1 just got decimated and yet we keep rolling with no one backing us.

    Go Irish!

  22. ningenito78 says: Nov 18, 2012 12:20 AM

    ND will lose to USC if Barkley can play. That may be a big if though. An SEC team is going to be there. Which it will be fun listening to ‘SEC Fan’ for the next month about how great their conference is and the rest of us suck. Again.

  23. ttalarico says: Nov 18, 2012 12:21 AM

    How many times have the ND haters predicted they would get beat this year? I think it was 11.

    Go Irish!

    Are we relevant yet?.

    Go Irish!

  24. techvet says: Nov 18, 2012 12:22 AM

    Kansas State was exposed. Oregon finally had to play a decent defensive teams. Both can be shown the door. Enjoy your parting gifts and drive safely!

  25. taintedlombardis says: Nov 18, 2012 12:27 AM

    The SEC wins by default with their “embarrassing slate of games”.

  26. barneysbullet says: Nov 18, 2012 12:37 AM

    Shades of ’88!!!

    So proud of my Irish when everyone wrote them off all year…and are writing them off AGAIN against SC.

    You people really don’t know the fabric of this team…you will soon though. Predestined.

    Beat SC!!
    Beat Alabama in BCS game!!!

  27. ningenito78 says: Nov 18, 2012 12:57 AM

    How many times have the ND haters predicted they would get beat this year? I think it was 11.

    No. You just made that up. Notre Dame was favored in every game this year except 2 (Michigan St and Oklahoma). Most by double digits. Comments like that are why ND fans drive people nuts. MSU was week 3 and ND would be a heavy favorite if that game was played now.

  28. irish75 says: Nov 18, 2012 1:08 AM

    “Comments like that are why ND fans drive people nuts”

    He said “haters”, read it again.

    What drives us nuts is getting no respect while having the nations best D, a tougher SOS against those ranked above us, and only being proven right when they themselves stink up the joint against an unranked Baylor no less.

    Go Irish.

  29. pdcooper08 says: Nov 18, 2012 1:48 AM

    After watching SC loose the same way for the fourth time this season, it would appear they have very little left to play for. I don’t think they have it in them to rise up and beat ND. I know it’s a rival game and it should mean the world to those players, but I just don’t see the love for the game in this team.

    There’s a major flaw in the team character this year and it showed up again today. I got to beleive it starts at the top.

    ND I will give you create overall this year for winning each game. But while you are walking around tonight with your chest puffed out, remember you played WF today. Yes I know you won the game.

  30. ningenito78 says: Nov 18, 2012 1:54 AM

    He said “haters”, read it again.

    I don’t have to read again. A ‘hater’ of any team is always going to pick the team they ‘hate’ to lose. So then that makes the statement dumber. As for neutral people picking the Irish they picked them to win every game but 2. Most by a TD or more.

  31. v2the4 says: Nov 18, 2012 2:34 AM

    I still dont think we’ve seen the end of this madness…this is 2007 all over again, when in the final three weeks of the season, the #1 team lost each week, and the #1 and 2 teams lost on the last week of the year.

    just imagine the possibilites…I know the Alabama fans are salivating all over themselves after indulging in a lil bit of corn liquor but I think they will be smelling themselves, show up in Atlanta thinking they are on the way to Miami and lose to Georgia.

    Georgia will celebrate winning the sec title, but it will only get them in a bcs game, as they will lose to Georgia Tech next week….same thing for their other rival, Florida, who will get stomped in tallahasee by the Seminoles…and clemson will hammer south carolina as well

    if your counting, that means every SEC team will have at least two losses…which ends any hope of an sec team jumping one loss teams .

    UCLA, in a round about way, controls Oregon’s destiny…if UCLA beats Stanford, and Oregon beats oregon state in the civil war, then UCLA will play at Oregon in the pac 12 title game…however, if Stanford wins, that knocks oregon out, and Stanford will host UCLA in a rematch on dec 1.

    I think Kansas St has mailed it in….losing to Baylor, which had the worst D in all of college football was awful….they can still get to a bcs game, but they lose to Texas, and the big 12 ends up in a four way tie at the top with K-St, OU(losses to Okie st next week), Oklahoma St and Texas all with two losses in conference play.

    that leaves Notre Dame as the last man standing…what will happen in the USC game, now that SC has lost four games, and will possibly be without Matt Barkley also….well, the irish choke on some roscoe wings and waffles while in LA and choke off the game, leaving them in a waiting period with one loss.

    FSU will also have one loss, cause they will beat the snot out of florida and either Miami/GaTech/or Duke in acc tittle game.

    a bunch of football to be played

  32. waynefontes says: Nov 18, 2012 6:00 AM

    taintedlombardis says:
    Nov 18, 2012 12:27 AM
    The SEC wins by default.

    There, I fixed it for you.

    You can go back to crying over tainted Lombardi Trophies and the fact that your college football program is irrelevant.

  33. southernpatriots says: Nov 18, 2012 6:07 AM


    Whoa! Wow! Talk about interesting and entertaining scenarios, you have developed them! Great work!

    I know dozens of local and regional newspapers that need your insights and analysis. Please consider writing a column for print media. With all this aftermath of Isaac we are dealing with for others and ourselves, your “column” here brings a big smile and helps is get it all in. Thank you and please keep up the great work.

    I am just thrilled that my LSU Tigers came through in the final seconds to beat a much improved ancient arch nemesis in Ole Miss. College footall (and the Saints) helps give us all a reprieve from the mess for awhile.

  34. irish75 says: Nov 18, 2012 8:07 AM

    Well, someone had to step-up and end this SEC dominance BS.

    It just kills most of you that it was ND that was the only one up to the job.

    Wrap up your cupcake schedules SEC and get ready for your reign to end.

    Go Irish!

  35. normtide says: Nov 18, 2012 8:21 AM

    V- haha, this is just killing you, isn’t it. Irish fans, don’t count your chickens just yet, enjoy the moment, you got your shot.

  36. waynefontes says: Nov 18, 2012 11:14 AM

    tigerhawkeye says:
    Nov 17, 2012 11:50 PM
    I don’t envy the computers that have to choose between Alabama and Oregon for the #2 spot in the BCS standings.


    Seriously though, I can’t wait for a playoff system to replace this current BCS nonsense.


    Exactly. How great will it be when weekends like this don’t matter, because the #1 and #2 teams can lose and will still be in a playoff even if they lose in mid November.

    The #1 team in the country loses in a monumental upset. The #2 team loses at home in a significant upset.

    Both controlled their destinies. Both lost. That’s the beauty of the college football regular season. Where crazy nights in November upset the balance of power.

    Oh, that’s right. In your ideal world, they will still be in a playoff. Nights like tonight don’t mean anything.

    Go watch college basketball. Where nobody cares about the regular season, because it doesn’t matter.

    Another phony college football fan.

  37. cobrawolf says: Nov 18, 2012 11:26 AM

    right now neither team would be in the playoff

  38. Deb says: Nov 18, 2012 12:18 PM

    @Irish75 …

    Wouldn’t it be better to wait until after the championship game before congratulating yourselves for knocking off the SEC?

  39. Deb says: Nov 18, 2012 12:24 PM

    @v2the4 ….

    Oh yes, by all means, apply to write for little regional newspapers all over Louisiana. The LSU fans will love the imagery of Alabama swigging corn liquor and smelling themselves. :roll:

  40. lasseter1113 says: Nov 18, 2012 10:21 PM


    Don’t you just love fans like v2the4 that take shots at Alabama every chance they get? Jealousy is a BITCH and hating appears to be a very contagious bug on this site. He can keep spewing his hate and Alabama will keep on winning with his envy as the fuel that drives us on to number 15, or 12, or 9, who cares, it’s still more national championships than his team has.

    On a side note. People wonder why us Bama fans are so obnoxious about our success. Well go on any article on this site and I guarantee you will see some bigoted bozo putting us down, saying things like Mr. V did, assuming we are all toothless rednecks smelling ourselves while drinking corn liquor. A man or woman (Deb) can only take so much before you start saying HA HA, Bama is BACK IN THE SADDLE and it’s not SEC dominance, it’s the Great State of Alabama DOMINANCE, ROLL TIDE ROLL rubbing it in…I ask you, How would you feel and what would you do if it were your beloved state constantly being slandered???

  41. Deb says: Nov 19, 2012 11:23 AM

    @lasseter1113 …


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