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Chris Harper Believes Kansas State Would’ve Won the 2013 BCS National Title

bill snyder after kansas state wins the texas bowl

We’re nearly 10 years removed from the most recent Kansas State football team that had a serious chance at a National Championship. The 2012 season was a magical one in Manhattan, however the Wildcats dropped a November game to the Baylor Bears which ended their chances at playing for a National Championship in the BCS era.

On Saturday, November 17th, the Bears crushed the Wildcats 52-24. I was actually living in Woodward, Oklahoma at the time and had traveled to Kansas City for a Bruce Springsteen concert that evening. The game was on in the Power and Light District and the K-State fan base was crushed from the get go. And while this K-State team ended up losing the Fiesta Bowl to Oregon, we will never know if this team would’ve had a chance to win the National Title.


But in a recent piece by Kellis Robinett, he talked with former Wildcats from the 2012 team and Chris Harper said he thinks that had K-State gone undefeated, they would’ve taken on Notre Dame in the National Championship, and Harper believes they would’ve rolled the Irish, saying, “We would’ve killed Notre Dame. I know some players that were on their team, and I told them that when we were good together in the NFL. They weren’t good. I’m surprised Alabama didn’t beat them by more (42-14). Had we won the game against Baylor, I can definitely say that we would have won the National Championship.”

Those are bold words. I’m not sure if that would’ve been the case. But I love the optimism. Now I’m pumped to see if Chris Klieman can one day get Kansas State back into that kind of a position. It won’t be easy, but it would be a helluva story, just like the 2012 team.

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