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Wildcats No. 1 in Football, No. 1 in Hoops

By Mark Janssen
 
 
OK, so it's not the Associated Press or the weekly USA Today's Coaches' poll, but at least one rating service has Kansas State's 4-0 football team ranked No. 1 in the nation heading into Thursday's game against Nebraska.
 
Yes, No. 1!
 
The Comparative Performance Index is high on the Big 12 with unbeatens Kansas State, Missouri and Oklahoma ranked 1-2-3 in the country. Rounding out the Top 10 are Arizona, LSU, Michigan, Alabama, Oklahoma State, TCU and Auburn.
 
"If the season ended today based on performance, Kansas State has the record, and the teams they have played have the record, to back up the fact that they are the No. 1 team in the nation," said Joseph Dise, inventor of the CPI. "But with that said, I do realize it's early in the year."
 
CPI's formula is this: W%3 x Ow%2 x Oow%1
 
Further defined, that's winning percentage cubed, team's opponents' winning percentage squared, and, team's opponents' opponents win percentage.
 
Dise lists K-State's CPI at 0.42857, which includes a perfect 4-0 record, plus by formula its four opponents having a .714 winning percentage, and the teams the Wildcats opponents have played having a winning mark of .840. Kansas State's strength of schedule is 43rd nationally.
 
By comparison, MU's formula numbers are: 4-0, a winning mark of .769 for their opponents, and .646 for their opponents' opponents; OU is 5-0, its opponents have a winning mark of .737, and their opponents' opponents are .484. The Tigers' strength of schedule is No. 38, and the Sooners' is No. 37.
 
To Dise, who deals in the area of finance in the real world and is based in Richmond, Va., "The CPI brings balance and transparency to the ongoing effort to create an unbiased ratings system that works for college football, its fans, players, coaches and administrators."
 
While this is the first season Dise has marketed CPI, he says the system correctly picked last year's BCS Championship Game of Alabama and Texas, and matched four of the five BCS games.
 
"I think fans will enjoy the transparency of the formula," said Dise. "They can see and understand everything that goes into it. There is nothing hidden or unclear."
 
For the record, K-State is also ranked among the Top 10 in two other rating services as College Football Rankings has the Cats at No. 5, and the Colley rating service puts the Wildcats at No. 7.
 
TOPS IN HOOPS, TOO!
K-Staters can hope that the Big 12 Conference basketball coaches know best.
 
In a preseason conference poll released on Tuesday, K-State received 10 first-place votes and a total of 119 points to edge out the Kansas Jayhawks (two first-place votes and 109 points) to win the Big 12 basketball title in 2011. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team, so the Wildcats received 10 of the possible 11 first-place ballots.
 
While head coach Frank Martin was on the road, football coach Bill Snyder saluted the Wildcats' top billing at his weekly press conference by saying, "Frank has had a tremendous impact on the program in a variety of ways. He has recruited extremely well, and he gets the most out of the players that they have, and their play is consistent."
 
The previous high for K-State in the preseason poll was fourth in both 2007-08 and 2009-10. The Wildcats tied Baylor and Texas A&M for second place in the Big 12 a year ago and are one of only two teams to finish in the league's top-four and receive a bye at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship each of the past four seasons.
 
Making up the rest of the top tier are Texas, Baylor, Missouri and Texas A&M. The rest of the standings included Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa State.
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, COACH
Bill Snyder celebrates birthday No. 71 on Thursday, but downplayed the occasion.
 
"It's just another day for me. There have been years when I didn't realize it was my birthday. It's just something I don't think about," Snyder said at Tuesday's press conference.
 
But, coach, haven't you thought about how a win over Nebraska would be a nifty present?
 
Offering a slight smile, he simply said, "No, I really haven't."
 
THE QUAIL THAT LIVED ANOTHER DAY
A fun note came earlier this week as a response to Dave Jones' reflections on Kansas State's 12-0 football win at Nebraska in 1968.
 
The tale comes from C. Clyde Jones, the former Kansas State Faculty Representative to the Big 8 Conference. As Jones recalls: "I was quail hunting near Barneston, Nebraska, on November 9 with a light snow falling. I had a portable radio with earphones, listening intently as Dickey looked for Herron. At that moment, a quail flushed in front of me. I raised the gun to shoot but realized that I would not hear the play. I delayed the shot and the quail escaped to live another day. But I got to hear Dev Nelson describe one of the great moments in K-State football history."
 
Jones also chaired Kansas State's athletic council and was Dean of the College of Business Administration and vice president for University Development in the 1960s and '70s.
 
 
We hope you enjoy K-State Sports Extra. We would like to hear your comments and any story ideas for future emails, so fire them our way. Contact either Mark Janssen at mjanssen7@cox.net, or Kansas State Director of Athletic Communications/SID Kenny Lannou at klannou@kstatesports.com.