Manhattan, KS– Suddenly it is all clear. There should be no more worrying, no more thoughts of being left out. If Kansas State can beat Baylor and Texas, they will play in the national championship.
The team that 14 years ago ended K-State championship dreams, has now cleared the path for the Cats to play in their first ever championship game. Some might find it poetic justice, others might see it as a sign. But just minutes after K-State kicked off against TCU, the Aggies held on to defeat the #1 ranked Crimson Tide. Two days later, the Wildcats now sit at #1 in the BCS polls, compared to #2 in the Coaches and Harris polls.
Despite, Oregons now firm grasp on the top spot in all human polls, K-State is firmly above Notre Dame in both polls at #2, so any hopes of an Irish leap frog have been pretty much dashed. K-State now controls its own destiny in Championship hunt.
Only 2 teams now stand in the way between K-State and Miami, a hungry Baylor team this saturday and a red hot Texas team who hasn’t beaten K-State since 2003.
K-State defeated TCU 23-10 on Saturday, but it came at a cost. K-State lost 3 starters to injury for an unseeable amount of time. So. WR Curry Sexton went down with a shoulder injury, while more importantly, starting Safety Ty Zimmerman and all american WR and kick returner Tyler Lockett both went down with leg injuries. Unconfirmed reports have given indication that Sexton will be out for the remainder of the season, while both Lockett and Zimmerman are questionable to doubtful for K-State two remaining games.
Head Coach Bill Snyder has not and will not say a peep about the status of any of K-States injured players, so Cat fans will just have to waiting for the rest of the season.
K-State Heisman contender Collin Klein did return to action at TCU after suffereing from an apparent head injury the week before against Oklahoma State. While Klein did not fully appear himself, he still account for 195 yards and two touchdowns.
If the Cats win in Waco this weekend, a birth in the Championship will come down to a December showdown with top 15 Texas in a game that might mirror K-States showdown with Texas A&M in 1998. This time expect a happier ending for the boys wearing purple.