Campus Corner

K-State football team barely misses preseason ranking

Updated: 2013-08-01T17:06:56Z

By KELLIS ROBINETT

The Kansas City Star

— The preseason USA Today Coaches Poll is out, and the Kansas State football team is not among the Top 25.

But the Wildcats came awfully close to starting the season with a national ranking.

They barely missed out, receiving more votes than any team not included in the poll. With 113 points from the 62 head college football coaches who vote in the poll, the Wildcats are unofficially No. 26. Clearly, some are high on their potential coming off an 11-win season while others are taking a wait-and-see approach to how they replace Collin Klein and rebuild their defense.

Two weeks ago, K-State was picked to finish sixth in the Big 12′s preseason poll, as voted on by media.

Alabama topped the USA Today poll. It was followed by Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford and Georgia.

Four Big 12 teams cracked the Top 25. Oklahoma State leads the way at No. 14, Texas came in at No. 15, Oklahoma was No. 16 and TCU was No. 20. Baylor and Kansas State received votes.

K-State football players will report for the start of fall training camp on Friday, with practices beginning on Saturday. The Wildcats’ first game will come against North Dakota State on Aug. 30.

USA Today Coaches Poll

Team (2012 record)

1. Alabama (13-1)

2. Ohio State (12-0)

3. Oregon (12-1)

4. Stanford (12-2)

5. Georgia (12-2)

6. Texas A&M (11-2)

7. South Carolina (11-2)

8. Clemson (11-2)

9. Louisville (11-2)

10. Florida (11-2)

11. Notre Dame (12-1)

12. Florida State (12-2)

13. LSU (10-3)

14. Oklahoma State (8-5)

15. Texas (9-4)

16. Oklahoma (10-3)

17. Michigan (8-5)

18. Nebraska (10-4)

19. Boise State (11-2)

20. TCU (7-6)

21. UCLA (9-5)

22. Northwestern (10-3)

23. Wisconsin (8-6)

24. USC (7-6)

25. Oregon State (9-4)

Others receiving votes: Kansas State (11-2) 113; Miami (Fla.) 101; Michigan State 89; Baylor 80; Virginia Tech 65; Fresno State 62; Arizona State 51; Mississippi 32; Vanderbilt (9-4) 29; Utah State (11-2) 23; Brigham Young 20; North Carolina 19; Northern Illinois (12-2) 19; Tulsa (11-3) 9; Ohio 8; San Jose State (11-2) 8; Arizona 5; Cincinnati (10-3) 3; East Carolina 3; Kent State 3; Mississippi State 3; Washington 3; Central Florida 2; Arkansas 1; Arkansas State 1; Rutgers 1; Tennessee 1; Toledo 1.

To reach Kellis Robinett, send email to krobinett@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/KellisRobinett.

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