Fair, transparent and logical are words not generally associated with the BCS rankings system, and whatever happens due to college football’s convoluted way of choosing the two teams that play for a national championship, Kansas State has proved itself worthy of playing for a title.
Alabama proved this weekend that anything can still happen in the remaining games, but it appears increasingly likely that KSU, Oregon and Notre Dame will all end the season undefeated. If this is the case, Kansas State deserves to be ranked as one of the top two teams.
Collin Klein and Bill Snyder have led this team to an extraordinary season, and the Wildcats have continued to show that they are a complete and disciplined team who will play on an elite level each and every week.
Through the team’s 10 wins, it has taken out four ranked teams and has done so in a variety of different ways.
The Wildcats announced themselves as a contender with a gritty road victory over Oklahoma, in which they ran the ball effectively and forced three turnovers. KSU frustrated the potent Sooners offense, controlled the tempo of the game and pulled out an extremely impressive win.
In its next Big 12 showdown against West Virginia, the Wildcats could not have been more impressive on both sides of the ball. The defense became the first unit all year to intercept Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith—and did it twice. On offense, Klein shredded his opponents for seven total touchdowns en route to a 55-14 blowout.
KSU’s conference schedule did not let up, and the team had to face Texas Tech and Oklahoma State in the next two weeks. The defense allowed 442 yards to the Red Raiders and 504 yards to the Cowboys, but Klein and the offense remained hot and led the Wildcats to comfortable victories in both contests.
This past week, it was the defense that led the way once again against TCU. The Wildcats held the Horned Frogs to just 274 total yards and did not allow them onto the scoreboard until there were just seven minutes remaining in the game.
Kansas State has won shootouts, and it has been victorious in defensive struggles. It has dominated on both sides of the ball in several contests, and most importantly, it has been remarkably consistent throughout the year.
This only challenge left for the Wildcats is to carry their level of play into their two remaining games. If they do this, they will be undefeated.
A 12-0 Kansas State team will have proven everything it possibly could in the second toughest conference in the country. This team should not be denied a place on college football’s biggest stage.