Kansas State Football: How Wildcats Stack Up vs. Potential Title Game Opponents

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 12, 2012

MANHATTAN, KS - NOVEMBER 03:  Quarterback Collin Klein #7 of the Kansas State Wildcats passes against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the first quarter at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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Alabama's misery is Kansas State's fortune.

The Crimson Tide's shocking loss to Texas A&M this past weekend all but ensures that the Wildcats will be playing for the BCS crown this coming January if they can win their final two games against Baylor and Texas. 

For now, let's say that Kansas State does run the table and earns one of two spots in the BCS National Championship Game in Miami.

Who do they play? 

Let's break down how the 2012 Wildcats stack up against potential title game opponents. 

Oregon Ducks

Fans of offense are licking their chops in anticipation of a potential BCS National Championship Game matchup between Kansas State and Oregon. 

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, in this case, I don't like their chances of outscoring the country's No. 1 offense in terms of points per game. There's nothing Bill Snyder can do to simulate Oregon's dual-threat attack in practice, and there's only so much tape Kansas State's defense can watch. 

If you ask me, Chip Kelly's offense is far too explosive to be held in check by any defense outside of the SEC.

With playmakers all over the board on offense, including Marcus Mariota, Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas, the Ducks boast a mutli-faceted attack. Meanwhile, the Wildcats' is one-dimensional, with Collin Klein accounting for two-thirds of its production.

Klein has accounted for 66 percent of Kansas State's offensive touchdowns this season, and nearly 66 percent of its offensive yards. In a battle of prolific offenses, the edge has to go to the more dynamic, loaded one, and that's Oregon.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Of all the potential championship foes, I think it's safe to say that Notre Dame is the least threatening to Kansas State's chances of winning it all. 

The Fighting Irish have been on the ropes plenty of times this season, most memorably at home against Stanford and Pitt, two games in which Brian Kelly's team won in overtime. In both games, Notre Dame's offense was called out and rightfully so. As talented as the Irish's front seven is in 2012, the offense is every bit as limited. 

Sure, Notre Dame can throw a variety of strong backs at you and run the ball with some purpose every now and then, but it's not explosive enough to overpower Kansas State's 14th-ranked scoring defense. 

There's no way this game would end in a blowout given each side's defensive prowess, but the edge would certainly lay with the more consistent offensive attack, which is the Wildcats' without question.

Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama looks out of the championship picture after falling victim to Texas A&M's upset bid in Week 11, but with a little help from the teams at the top, the eventual SEC champs could still return to the title game in January.

If Nick Saban's squad were to return and defend its crown against Kansas State, I would be both stunned and intrigued. After all, there's a lot to love about this potential matchup.

Collin Klein vs. Alabama's top-ranked defense. Bill Snyder vs. Nick Saban. David vs. Goliath. 

The Crimson Tide's biggest edge would be on defense. However, after watching what Johnny Manziel did to Kirby Smart's defensive unit, I'm willing to bet Klein would find tons of success as a runner against Alabama's stoppers. 

If Snyder and the Kansas State coaching staff establish Klein early on in this dream matchup, the Wildcats' defense would just need to turn out an Aggie-like effort in order to bring a national championship to Manhattan. 

This matchup has 29-24 Kansas State written all over it.

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