Kansas State dispensed with Oklahoma State on Saturday with a convincing 44-30 victory that showcased a great defensive effort by the Wildcats.
Kansas State is 9-0 and looks like a sure thing to run the table unless quarterback Collin Klein's injury keeps him out of any future games—head coach Bill Snyder stuck to his policy of not commenting on a player's injury.
Kansas State has looked well balanced on both sides of the ball in every game it has played. The same cannot be said about Alabama, the team that is ranked ahead of Kansas State in the human polls.
Who looks better on paper? Kansas State or Alabama? Oregon or Notre Dame? Who passes the eyeball test?
Alabama has looked good against inferior competition thus far, but against LSU in its 21-17 victory, Alabama's offense looked lethargic. Remember, Towson scored 22 points on LSU.
LSU has a good record but it hasn't passed the eyeball test all season, and that's probably why LSU dropped in the polls for two straight weeks after lackluster victories over Auburn and Towson.
Missouri scored more points (seven) on Florida than LSU (six) did. Mississippi State, Louisiana Monroe, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M and Mississippi all scored more points on Auburn than LSU did.
Should Alabama lose points for winning a close game at Baton Rouge? Seems unfair, but maybe the best way to decide this is to simply look at who has the better resume.
Who should be No. 1?
Alabama has beaten No. 15 Mississippi State and No. 5 LSU. Notre Dame has beaten No. 12 Oklahoma and No. 14 Stanford. Oregon has beaten No. 17 USC.
Those rankings will change tomorrow, of course, but for now, Kansas State clearly has the best resume, and that should count. SEC teams have been given preferential treatment—and deservedly so—because they have played in the toughest conference for years. But that treatment may be starting to wane because the SEC West doesn't look as strong as it once was.
Right now, the Big 12 looks deeper than the SEC.
In high-profile games—when the world is watching—great teams win convincingly. Oregon and Kansas State won convincingly on Saturday. Notre Dame and Alabama did not.
The Big 12's lack of a conference championship game may hurt the Wildcats at the end of the season, but we are talking about today, not five weeks from now.
Right now, Kansas State deserves that No. 1 spot in the BCS rankings.