On the heels of their 48-14 win over Oklahoma State this past Saturday, the Kansas State Wildcats moved up two spots, to No. 7 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings announced on Tuesday night.
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise to see the Wildcats move up a spot after then No. 4 Ole Miss lost to No. 3 Auburn this past weekend. The bigger surprise came from K-State jumping over idle Michigan State – who remains at No. 8.
All eyes will be on Fort Worth, Texas this weekend as the Wildcats head to No. 6 TCU in a game that will most certainly decide which Big 12 school stays in the hunt for a playoff spot and who will have to settle for waiting for next year.
In fact, with games against No. 23 West Virginia and No. 12 Baylor yet to come, Kansas State controls their own destiny as it relates to their playoff hopes.
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When looking at the upcoming schedules of the schools ahead of the Wildcats, there is a chance to move up.
No. 1 Mississippi State plays No. 5 Alabama on Saturday November 15 and No. 11 Ole Miss on November 29th. If they lose one of those games, seeing that they are undefeated, they may not drop past K-State. Lose both of them and they will most certainly fall past.
No. 2 Florida State has a relatively easy schedule (on paper) though Boston College and Virginia seem the most likely to give the Seminoles fits.
No. 3 Auburn has games against a very upset No. 20 Georgia team as well as one against No. 5 Alabama.
No. 4 Oregon seems to be firing on all cylinders right now, but they have a game against No. 17 Utah this weekend followed by a BYE and two winnable games before the Pac-12 title game.
And besides the two ranked opponents already mentioned, Alabama also plays No. 16 LSU.
Assuming Kansas State can win out, they would need a loss by Alabama and a loss by Oregon, Auburn or Florida State to put them in the Top-4. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First and foremost, K-State needs to take care of some Horned Frogs.