Kansas State vs. TCU: Why the Horned Frogs Could Blow Up the BCS with Upset

Lisa Horne@LisaHornePac-12 and Big 12 Lead WriterNovember 8, 2012

MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 03:  Josh Boyce #82 of the TCU Horned Frogs celebrates after catching the game winning two point conversion in double overtime against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the game on November 3, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  TCU defeated WVU in two overtimes 39-38.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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No. 2 Kansas State may be in a pickle if quarterback Collin Klein isn't medically cleared to play at TCU this Saturday; the Wildcats are clearly not the same team without Klein under center. 

Reserve quarterback Daniel Sams looked fairly competent when Klein left the Oklahoma State game, but the offense lacked firepower without Klein. Make no mistake, he is the heart of the Wildcat offense. 

If TCU pulls an upset this week, that win will reverberate throughout the BCS.

No. 4 Notre Dame's strength of schedule is relying heavily on wins over No. 12 Oklahoma and No. 14 Stanford. Since only Kansas State and Notre Dame have beaten Oklahoma, that Irish win over Oklahoma holds a lot of weight.

Unless someone else either beats Oklahoma or beats the team that beat Oklahoma—which is Kansas State. 

If Kansas State goes down with a loss, it'll probably be due to quarterback Collin Klein not playing 100 percent healthy. That could affect the Wildcats down the road and produce more losses. 

But now we are left to ponder that it's entirely possible that a 12-0 Notre Dame could miss the Big Dance even if Kansas State loses to TCU. 

Notre Dame does play USC in a few weeks, but No. 3 Oregon already blew up USC 62-51. The Irish offense doesn't look nearly explosive as the Ducks offense so nothing short of a rout at USC will help their cause.

In any case, Notre Dame's victory over Oklahoma may not be looked upon as special by the voters because Kansas State's loss to TCU also downgrades the Sooners—Oklahoma lost to a team that will have lost to an unranked team.

That could affect Notre Dame's strength of schedule in the voters' eyes.

It's nitpicky, sure, but when there are more than two teams fighting for a BCS Championship game berth, the nitpicking will be inevitable.