Wildcats climb to No. 3/4 in national polls

By Joshua Kinder

Kansas State continued its climb up the national polls on Sunday, as the Wildcats came in at No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25. K-State also opened the BCS standings at No. 4, as they were released Sunday evening for the first time this season.

Alabama still holds the top spot and Oregon is No. 2 — in both polls. Florida is No. 3 in the AP poll, ahead of K-State (6-0, 3-0 Big 12).

The Wildcats, who defeated Iowa State 27-21 in Ames on Saturday, are the only undefeated and highest-ranked team in the Big 12. West Virginia, ranked No. 5 last week, lost in a 49-14 rout at Texas Tech on Saturday and slipped to No. 17 in the AP and No. 15 in the Coaches.

K-State’s No. 3 rank is the best for the Wildcats since coming at No. 2 during the 2000 season.

The Wildcats will travel to West Virginia this Saturday to play the Mountaineers in a 6 p.m. (CST) kickoff on FOX.

The rest of the AP Top 10 has Notre Dame at No. 5, followed by LSU, Ohio State, Oregon State, South Carolina and Oklahoma at No. 10.

The Coaches Poll has Florida at No. 4, followed by Notre Dame, LSU, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Southern California and Florida State at No. 10.

Texas Tech climbed to No. 20 in the Coaches Poll and No. 18 in the AP. TCU came in at No. 21 in the Coaches Poll. Texas dropped out of both polls after getting hammered 63-21 by the Sooners on Saturday.

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