Kansas State is so close to getting to play for its first national title. With two more wins, the Wildcats almost certainly will be headed to the BCS championship game.
Collin Klein and second-ranked K-State bolstered their chances Saturday in the national championship chase by doing what Alabama failed to do. The Wildcats (10-0) are up a spot to No. 2 in the new AP poll Sunday.
The school's latest ranking comes as Oregon moved to No. 1 in the poll after Alabama gave up the top spot following a loss to Texas A&M.
With its victory at TCU (6-4) and Alabama's loss, K-State is also set to move up a spot in the new BCS standings later Sunday. That would make them No. 1 in that.
Kansas State has games left against Baylor and No. 18 Texas.
The last time the Wildcats were this close to a national title was 1998. They were 11-0 before losing to Texas A&M in the Big 12 championship game. The Aggies, now in the SEC, upset Alabama on Saturday.
Oregon received 45 of 60 first-place votes. K-State followed with 14 first-place votes.
Notre Dame is ranked third and received one first-place vote in the current AP college football poll.
The Crimson Tide, which had been No. 1 for 10 straight weeks, dropped to fourth after a 29-24 loss to the Aggies in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday.
Texas A&M moved up six spots to No. 9.
The Ducks were last No. 1 in 2010. That was the first season in the history of the program that Oregon reached No. 1, and the Ducks spent seven weeks there and reached the BCS championship game, which they lost to Auburn.
No. 25 Kent State is ranked for first time since Nov. 5, 1973.
K-State plays next Saturday night at Baylor, then has a week off before ending the regular season at home against 19th-ranked Texas.
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