Wildcats jump to No. 6/5 in polls

By Joel Jellison

Three teams in the top five lost on Saturday, but it did not mean a jump into the top five for the Kansas State football team.

The Wildcats went into the weekend ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press poll, and defeated Kansas 56-16 on Saturday. Despite losses by No. 3 Florida State, No. 4 LSU and No. 5 Georgia, the Wildcats were leapfrogged in the top five by Florida and West Virginia.

Florida defeated LSU to jump from No. 10 to No. 4 this week, and West Virginia’s 48-45 win over No. 11 Texas helped it go from eight to five in the AP poll. K-State moved one spot in the poll from seventh to sixth.

It’s the highest ranking the Wildcats have held since September 2003 when they were also ranked No. 6. K-State hasn’t been in the AP top five since the 2000 season when they were ranked No. 2 until a 41-31 loss to No. 8 Oklahoma.

The other polls saw it differently this week. The USA Today Top 25 coaches poll put the Wildcats at No. 5, while still putting West Virginia ahead of them at No. 4. Florida is No. 6.

The Harris Poll put K-State at No. 5 in its first season debut Sunday.West Virginia is No. 4 and Florida is sixth.

West Virginia also took two of the three Big 12 Conference weekly awards Monday — all three coming out of the same game.

West Virginia running back Andrew Buie rushed for 207 yards on 31 carries and caught three passes for 61 yards to claim the Offensive Player of the Week award. Tavon Austin was Special Teams Player of the Week after setting the Mountaineers up with good field position on three kick returns.

West Virginia has now claimed four of the six offensive awards this season in the Big 12, and six total. Big 12 newcomers West Virginia and TCU have combined to win nine of the 18 weekly awards in the conference this season, while the Wildcats have won three.

K-State and West Virginia will meet in Morgantown, W.Va., in two weeks.

The Wildcats open the two-game road trip this weekend with a trip to Ames, Iowa to face Iowa State. Kickoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. and the game is nationally televised on FX.

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