KANSAS CITY, Mo. It's funny: Kansas State wins a ton of football games, but it doesn't win a lot of beauty pageants. The pastel-blazer crowd has never fully embraced the Wildcats, for whatever reason. Which is odd, considering that their fans will walk across hot coals to watch them in person and their coach ranks among the best to ever slap on a headset.
You see the No. 3 team in the country. Those chamber-of-commerce bowl-selection types see the third-most popular college team in Kansas City. Old stigmas die hard.
"The fan base believes that there is no scenario where an objective evaluation is done whatever tie-breakers there are in a close situation always go against K-State," offers Stan Weber, the former Wildcat quarterback and the team's radio analyst for more than two decades. "That's what the fan base believes."
And with good reason: Of the 14 previous years of the Bowl Championship Series, no teams have been eligible for at-large selection more than Kansas State and ...