Kansas State’s 3-0 start to the season has impressed coaches around the country. And on the heels of Saturday’s 31-24 win at Mississippi State, K-State landed in the latest edition of the Amway Coaches Poll, which was released Sunday. The Wildcats were No. 26 in the AP poll.
The Wildcats come in at No. 25, receiving 106 points. The first team out of the top 25 is K-State’s next opponent, Oklahoma State, which earned 100 points.
It marks the first time K-State has earned a national ranking under first-year head coach Chris Klieman. It’s also the first time K-State has been ranked in the coaches poll since the week of Sept. 10, 2017, when it was No. 18.
Ironically, K-State fell out of the poll after its last game at an SEC for prior to Saturday: a 14-7 loss at Vanderbilt.
Now, a win at an SEC opponent vaults the Wildcats back into the rankings. K-State was on the outside looking in of the newest Associated Press poll, which was unveiled after the coaches’ rankings.
The Wildcats were the first team left out of the AP’s top 25, leading the “also receiving votes” category with 91 points. Just ahead of K-State was Big 12 rival TCU in the No. 25 slot.
K-State has its first open date of the season this coming week before opening Big 12 play on the road against Oklahoma State on Sept. 28.
The kickoff time is still to be determined.