Kansas State Football: Wildcats Deserve to Be No. 2 in Week 11 BCS Rankings

Nicholas GossCorrespondent INovember 4, 2012

MANHATTAN, KS - NOVEMBER 03: Tight end Travis Tannahill #80 of the Kansas State Wildcats runs for a first down against the Oklahoma State Cowboys  in the fourth quarter at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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Kansas State should remain No. 2 in the new BCS rankings for Week 11 because the two teams behind them, Notre Dame at No. 3 and Oregon at No. 4, didn't do anything in Week 10 that should vault either school over the Wildcats when the rankings are unveiled Sunday evening.

The Fighting Irish have played a somewhat tough schedule, and even though they have a few nice wins, they have looked average against a few teams they should have beaten easily.

They were lucky to beat Stanford in overtime on Oct. 13 and were very fortunate to escape with a victory on Saturday versus a terrible Pittsburgh team in triple overtime.

When you look at their common opponents, the Wildcats and Fighting Irish have both destroyed Miami (Fla.), with Kansas State having a slightly better margin of victory (39 to 38).

These schools also played Oklahoma, and even though Kansas State's margin of victory is smaller (17 to 5 in favor of Notre Dame), the Wildcats played the Sooners when they were still a national championship contender.

The same cannot be said for Notre Dame.

With Michigan State, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Purdue and BYU all struggling this season, Notre Dame's strength of schedule isn't too impressive. They have just two quality wins, whereas Kansas State has three or four.

Oregon defeated USC 62-51 in a game that included individual statistics normally found in the NCAA Football 13 video game. We know that the Trojans have a great offense, but giving up 51 points is embarrassing no matter who you're playing. That was USC's highest scoring output of the season.

Oregon's defense ranks 40th in points allowed, while Kansas State is ranked 21st and Notre Dame is No. 2. The Ducks' poor defense, combined with the fact that they have played a soft Pac-12 schedule, should prevent them from leaping over the Wildcats or the Fighting Irish in the latest BCS standings.

Not only does Kansas State have a good defense, the team's offense is one of the best in America. The Wildcats have a balanced offense that includes the fifth best running game and a passing attack that features Heisman Trophy candidate Collin Klein. K-State is a more complete football team than Notre Dame and Oregon.

Oregon and Alabama might give college football fans the most exciting BCS title game to watch, but that's not the right matchup.

Kansas State entered the week with a .253 advantage in the BCS rankings. Oregon and Notre Dame failed to do anything on Saturday that would help them close that gap in a major way.

When the new BCS standings for Week 11 are released on Sunday, the Wildcats should be No. 2 for the second consecutive week.