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Kansas State fans wearing Obama and Romney masks hold a sign supporting coach Bill Snyder and quarterback Collin Klein during the second half against Texas Tech in Manhattan, Kan., on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (AP)

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By The Associated Press
Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, 6:52 p.m.
 

MANHATTAN, Kan. — All Kansas State can do now is try to achieve perfection.

The rest of their fate is in the hands of the other teams, their coaches who vote in the polls and some computers that will crunch a bunch of numbers and spit out what they believe are the best two teams to play for the BCS championship.

Kansas State has beaten three ranked teams on the road — Oklahoma, West Virginia and Iowa State — and blitzed then-No. 15 Texas Tech, 55-24, on Saturday to stay undefeated.

The problem is that top-ranked Alabama, No. 2 Oregon and No. 4 Notre Dame also are perfect, and all of them have strong cases to play for the BCS title. So that means a lot of scoreboard watching as the Wildcats play out the easiest four-game stretch of their season.

“It's tough not to, knowing you're so close, but man, you just have to focus in on next week, focus in on next game,” receiver Chris Harper said. “It's really hard not to look ahead, but the position that we're in, you can't do it.”

It's been more than a decade since the Wildcats (8-0, 5-0 Big 12) were in this position. The last time they started a season with eight straight wins was 1999, when they eventually stumbled against Nebraska. The previous year, they were seven minutes from playing for the title when Texas A&M staged a rally in the Big 12 championship game that Sirr Parker capped with a touchdown run in the second overtime to deal the Wildcats their first loss.

The Wildcats won't have to worry about a Big 12 title game this season, now that the league only has 10 members. Kansas State's final four games are against Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor and Texas.

“They make more of college football than they do of the presidential elections. That shuts down on Saturday, and all it is is football,” Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. “Everybody gets caught up in it. The world gets caught up in it.”

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