MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Kansas State trailed Oregon by three-thousandths of a point in the initial BCS standings, so the Wildcats will -- some wacky, rogue computer notwithstanding -- pull past the Ducks when the second installment is released Sunday evening.
That's meaningful in some capacity to every member of K-State's team after a 55-14 road whipping of 13th-ranked West Virginia moved the Wildcats to 7-0 and 4-0 in the Big 12. But it means more to senior receiver Chris Harper. He transferred from Oregon to Kansas State to be closer to his home in Wichita, Kan.
"Yeah," a smiling Harper said late Saturday night. "It means a little something extra."
Harper said he called Ducks back Kenjon Barner (more on him later) on Friday. The former teammates did some friendly chirping, and they looked forward to the possibility of their teams meeting in the BCS title game.
"You know, that just might happen," Harper said, stepping out of every player's one-game-at-a-time trance to consider it.
Oregon-Kansas State isn't the likeliest of outcomes, not with Alabama and Florida still up top and looking strong Saturday. But it isn't completely implausible, either.
Harper said he "definitely" considers Kansas State to be every bit the team as those around the Wildcats in the BCS standings.
"We just don't get the love that they get," he said. "We beat Oklahoma, and everyone's still talking them up. We're like, 'Can we get any kind of love?'
"I hope they [the national audience, media] were watching today. I think we proved something."
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