MANHATTAN, Kan., Sporting Alert – After being ignored for the first College Football Playoff top four, released on Tuesday, Baylor will be looking to make a statement when they take on Kansas State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, KS on Thursday.
The CFP No. 6 ranked Bears (7-0) were somewhat disappointed at being overlooked by the selection panel on Tuesday for a top four place, and the men from Texas will be hoping to deliver a strong performance that will pop some eyes.
Baylor, which is ranked No. 2 in the AP top 25, is undefeated thus far on the season and ranks No. 1 in college football for points scored per game, at 61.0.
They are passing for an average 347.9 yards per game and rushing for 338.3 yards – which are both in the top 10 on the stats sheet.
However, according to the selection panel, the Big 12 powerhouses, who have scored more than 60 points per game in four of their seven games this term, have a very weak out-of-conference schedule and their body of work isn’t strong enough to merit a top four place.
But with some interesting matchups to come on the schedule for Week 10, including the battle between No. 2 LSU and No. 4 Alabama, Baylor could very well be one of the top four teams when the second CFP rankings are released.
They will first need to take care of business on the road against the Wildcats (3-4) on Thursday night.
After winning three successive games to start the season, Kansas State has seen a major dip in its form – suffering defeats in four consecutive and sits close to the bottom of the Big 12 standings with a 0-4 conference record.
There is still hope for the Wildcats, who can still make a bowl game, but they need to quickly end this horrific run.
Another CFP top 25 ranked team in action on Thursday is No. 20 Mississippi State.
The Bulldogs (6-2) will take on Missouri in Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field in Columbia, MO looking to improve to 7-2 and 3-2 in the SEC.
The Tigers (4-4) have dropped three in a row and four of the last five games.
College Football Schedule
Thursday, November 5
Buffalo at Kent State 7:00 PM ESPN3, WatchESPN
Arkansas State at Appalachian State 7:30 PM ESPNU, WatchESPN
No. 6 Baylor at Kansas State 7:30 PM FS1
No. 20 Mississippi State at Missouri 9:00 PM ESPN, WatchESPN
Nevada at Fresno State 10:30 PM ESPN2, WatchESPN