Beating Texas certainly doesn’t have the cachet it once did.
Kansas State posted a rare Big 12 shutout Saturday, trampling the Longhorns 23-0. The Wildcats’ defense overwhelmed the Horns even as coach Bill Snyder played it close to the vest on offense to protect quarterback Jake Waters’ ailing shoulder.
The performance apparently failed to impress voters in The Associated Press college football poll, where K-State is still No. 11.
TCU, which racked up the highest point total in school history with its 82-27 embarrassment of Texas Tech on Saturday, is stuck in a holding pattern, too, despite winning two straight by a combined score of 124-36. The Horned Frogs stayed at No. 10. And for another week, Baylor was No. 12.
Oklahoma is at No. 19. West Virginia, which plays TCU this week, moved up to two spots to No. 20 after winning at Oklahoma State 34-10 for its fourth straight victory.
The College Football Playoff selection committee now gets to untangle these teams. The 12-member panel’s first top 25 rankings come out Tuesday night. The committee begins deliberating just outside of Dallas on Monday, the first of seven gatherings before the playoff pairings are revealed Dec. 7.
On Saturday, Snyder spent several minutes discussing the new system, lamenting the fact that all anybody will care about are the top four teams that will play in semifinal games.
It doesn’t matter that Kansas State, its only loss to fourth-ranked Auburn, is creeping into that four-team discussion. The Wildcats — 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big 12 — are the lone unbeaten team in the Big 12.
Snyder’s team isn’t waiting with breathless anticipation either.
“It’s still October,” wide receiver Curry Sexton said. “There’s still a lot of football left to be played. You start looking at polls, you’re going to get beat.”
At the top of the AP poll, Mississippi’s first loss of the season dropped the Rebels four spots to No. 7. Ole Miss was beaten 10-7 by LSU on Saturday night in Death Valley. LSU made the biggest move in the rankings, jumping eight spots to No. 16.
No. 1 Mississippi State (46 first-place votes) and No. 2 Florida State (14) are the only unbeaten team left in the Big Five conferences.
Alabama, which lost 23-17 at Ole Miss earlier this month, moved up a spot, as did Auburn, No. 5 Oregon and No. 6 Notre Dame.
The other Southeastern Conference member in the top 25 is Georgia at No. 9.
In the coaches’ poll, Kansas State remained in the No. 11 spot.
Missouri received votes in both polls after defeating Vanderbilt 24-14.