Will Injury to Kansas State QB Collin Klein Affect BCS Standings?

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Will Injury to Kansas State QB Collin Klein Affect BCS Standings?
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After yet another exciting Saturday full of college football, all that was left to do on this autumn weekend was sneak a peak at the newly released BCS rankings that arrived tonight at 8:30. With the exception of a flip-flop between Oregon and Notre Dame, the four teams remained locked into their previous positions in the standings.

 

Team

Record

No. 1

Alabama

9-0

No. 2

Kansas State

9-0

No. 3

Oregon

9-0

No. 4

Notre Dame

9-0

No. 5

Georgia

8-1

No. 6

Florida

8-1

No. 7

LSU

7-2

No. 8

South Carolina

7-2

No. 9

Louisville 

9-0

No. 10

Florida State

8-1

No. 11

Oregon State

7-1

No. 12

Oklahoma

6-2

No. 13

Clemson

8-1

No. 14

Stanford

7-2

No. 15

Texas A&M

7-2

No. 16

Nebraska

7-2

No. 17

Texas

7-2

No. 18

UCLA

7-2

No. 19

USC

6-3

No. 20

Louisiana Tech

8-1

No. 21

Mississippi State

7-2

No. 22

Texas Tech

6-3

No. 23

Rutgers

7-1

No. 24

Northwestern

7-2

No. 25

Toledo

8-1

One of those top four teams, Kansas State, pulled off yet another big win with a solid 44-30 victory over Oklahoma State. The Wildcats have skyrocketed to the number two spot in the BCS standings and a major reason for this premium success is, without a doubt, the play of QB Collin Klein.

The senior field general has led his team on and off the field admirably and has performed well enough to emerge as the Heisman front runner through Week 11. He's KSU's unquestioned leader who has led an almost automatic offense this season.

Unfortunately for Kansas State and their fans, their Heisman hopeful sat out the 25 remaining minutes of the Oklahoma State game with a tricky concussion injury. There was no immediate exit of the game for Klein, who most likely endured his injury in his last scoring drive. After he punched it in from close on a QB sneak, Klein was slow to his feet and never returned to the game.

Following the game, head coach, Bill Snyder, was very brief with his injury report on his star quarterback and left the media and everyone else to speculate on the severity of Klein's injury. Perhaps Klein won't miss a beat, but if he does, it could completely shake the BCS standings. 

The Wildcats would be forced to visit TCU behind a talented but inexperienced redshirt QB who may not handle the immense pressure of leading the No. 2 team in the nation as well. Klein is the catalyst of KSU's offense, but more importantly is the complete leader of this team. The Wildcats may be hard-pressed to leave TCU with a W if Klein is unable to go.

If a Klein-less Kansas State does fall to the Horned Frogs, it would severely affect the BCS standings. It would set up a two-team race between Oregon and Notre Dame, with ND possibly jumping the Ducks if they can garner enough human votes.

With Kansas State out of the picture, the human votes will decide whether Oregon or ND deserves a spot in the title game, which should result in plenty of criticism and outrage with the flaky BCS system we currently use.

Can you say "playoffs?"

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