The box score reads 23-10, but the final score does not represent what Kansas State was able to accomplish on Saturday against TCU. The Wildcats won the game by 13 points, but the run to a 23-0 lead is what made the case for the Wildcats to be the BCS No. 1.
Colin Klein was able to run for two touchdowns to give the Wildcats the edge in a Big 12 win that solidified the Wildcats atop the conference standings. This Kansas State team has faced four Top 25 teams, and they finish the season against a fifth in Texas.
This TCU win was the most impressive to date for the Wildcats, with the offense hitting full stride from the opening minutes. Klein did not have his best day passing the football, but on the ground he was able to drum up yards when they were needed.
As the Wildcats continue their title push, they have to keep winning games convincingly. A big knock against Kansas State in the past was the way it has finished the season. So far in 2012, they are finishing in convincing fashion.
The Heisman Trophy may very well sit in Manhattan, Kansas after this season with Collin Klein storming the country with his electric play.
With Alabama taking a dive against Texas A&M, the Wildcats are now sitting in the driver’s seat to No. 1. Oregon and Notre Dame remain their top competition for the top spot, but Kansas State has the higher-quality wins to date.
Convincing victories over West Virginia and Oklahoma have vaulted the stock of Bill Snyder's Wildcats. As the season continues, there will be a separation at the top with Kansas State staying within the top two. There is no chance that a Notre Dame team jumps this Big 12 champion should the Irish stay undefeated.
The final discussion is who takes No. 1. Oregon has made a strong case all season with its high-scoring offense and bend-but-don’t-break defense. Kansas State has been electric with Collin Klein leading the air and ground game alongside a very opportunistic defense.
Kansas State had a .0152-point advantage in the BCS over Oregon. With an Alabama loss the assumption will be that the lead will be retained for K-State and they will slide into the No. 1 position in the BCS.
With only two weeks remaining in the regular season, it seems impossible that an undefeated Kansas State team not retain No. 1 and land in the BCS title game come January.