This weekend, the entire nation got to see the first edition of the BCS Rankings. The SEC claimed the top two spots in the rankings, but two Big 12 teams might have made a name for themselves.
Kansas State and Oklahoma both made the Top 10 of the BCS Rankings this week. Kansas State was placed at #4 as they improved to 6-0 this season and Oklahoma got the #9 spot after their 4-1 start to the season. However, Kansas State has the most eyes on them as they trail the Oregon Ducks by .0030.
Are the Wildcats for real? Are they a threat to Oregon? Florida? Bama? Mostly likely not Bama, but KSU could catch the Ducks and Gators in the BCS Rankings this season.
So far, Kansas State’s success can be attributed to the play of their starting quarterback Collin Klein. This season, he has thrown for 1,074 yards and has seven passing touchdowns. He is also a threat in the running game with 510 yards on the year. Klein actually has more rushing touchdowns than passing touchdowns and leads the team with ten. He also comes up big when the Wildcats need him most. In both the Oklahoma and Iowa State games, he had rushing touchdowns to put KSU up late in both games.
But can Kansas State jump Oregon and Florida? If they keep playing at the level they have been, yes they can.
The thing that kills the Oregon Ducks in BCS Rankings is their non-conference schedule. As put by Brian Spaen of the Autzen Zoo, “the Ducks still control their destiny.” When compared to Kansas State, the Ducks could edge out the Wildcats even if both teams go undefeated. This is because Oregon will get the benefit of possibly playing a ranked opponent on Championship weekend.
Even though they still have to play Arizona State, Stanford, USC, and Oregon State, Kansas State still has to play West Virginia, Texas Tech, TCU, and Texas. The pressure will be on the Ducks because Kansas State looks like they are not going to let up any time soon.
The deal with Florida is where they are in the SEC. Last season, LSU and Alabama were lucky that they were in the same division of the SEC. The Gators will not have that luxury if they go undefeated. If they do go undefeated, they will need will most likely play Bama in the SEC Championship game.
With that being said, right now it looks like a race for #2 between Oregon and Kansas State. The main point is that Oregon will be #2 with an undefeated season. If the Ducks lose once, then the Wildcats can snatch #2 with an undefeated season of their own. Only time will tell who will with this BCS Rankings Race.
To read Brian Spaen’s article on the BCS Rankings, click here.
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