As solid as K-State's 7-5 record may look, it's buoyed by wins over some of the weakest teams in college football this year.
Wildcats coach Bill Snyder, notorious for his penchant for scheduling cupcakes, led his team to non-conference victories over the likes of UCLA (4-8 this year), North Texas (3-9 this year) and Missouri State of the FCS. To his credit, Snyder did sneak in a win over 10-3 UCF early on in the season.
However, K-State still struggled in conference, posting a 3-5 mark in the Big 12 with the team's only wins coming against Iowa State (5-7), Kansas (3-9) and Texas (5-7).
Syracuse, on the other hand, has had something of an up-and-down season, with shoe-in wins over football powerhouses like Akron, Colgate and Maine, a big victory over West Virginia and big-margin losses to Washington and Pittsburgh.
Furthermore, the Orange finished the regular season by losing three of four games, which doesn't necessarily bode well for the team from upstate New York, coming into a bowl game without much momentum.