Kansas State doesn't have to worry about waiting for dominos to fall anymore. The Wildcats officially leapfrogged Oregon in this week's BCS rankings and sit behind only Alabama and Florida, two undefeated SEC teams who will meet on the first Saturday in December in the SEC title game if neither loses the rest of the season.
The Wildcats laid waste to West Virginia in Morgantown on Saturday night and impressed voters and computers enough to give them the edge and put the Big 12 in position to place a team in the national title game for the first time since the 2009 season.
It won't be easy for K-State, who hosts No. 14 Texas Tech this weekend, but the Wildcats should be favored the rest of the way. K-State sits in fourth in both of the human polls, but is No. 2 in the computer polls, including a pair of No. 1 rankings in two of the six computer polls factored into the BCS rankings.
The strength of the Big 12 should allow the Wildcats to maintain their position at No. 3 and slide up to No. 2 in the last BCS rankings of the season.
Granted, there's a lot of football left to be played and a lot of possible losses ahead, but if Kansas State keeps playing the way it's playing, there's almost certainly a spot in the BCS title game waiting.
K-State already has three road wins against ranked teams this season, and Oregon still has No. 9 USC, No. 17 Stanford and No. 7 Oregon State let on its schedule, but the Wildcats have done their heavy lifting and got the two most difficult wins of the season -- at Oklahoma and at West Virginia -- officially on their resume.
No. 23 Texas waits at the last weekend of the season, but if Kansas State can get to that game without a loss, it's a safe bet that they'll be playing for a chance at the school's first national title.
Here's where the Big 12 sits in this week's BCS rankings:
3. Kansas State
14. Texas Tech
19. West Virginia