The Week 5 SB Nation FanPulse Top 25 poll results are in, and as expected your Kansas State Wildcats are not ranked in the top 25.
However, they are ranked 26th, the first team just out of the poll receiving votes, ahead of Wake Forest, SMU, Oklahoma State, and Army. Yeah, that’s right, according to the fans around SB Nation we’re still better than Oklahoma State. In fact, 19 teams ranked the Wildcats at least 25th, with six of those (Georgia, Louisville, Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas Tech, and Washington State) ranking your Cats 24th, and one crazy fanbase (UCLA) voting K-State in at 23rd. You were not so kind to your Wildcats.
Overall, you voted along with the rest of SB Nation to drop Clemson (who voted for you at 25) out of the top spot after their closer-then-expect win over North Carolina in favor of Alabama. You’ve got the next four the same, just in a different order, refusing to put more than one SEC team in the Top 4, with Ohio State and Oklahoma rounding out your Top 4. Down the rest of the poll, you are within a spot or two across the rest of the board, until #22, #24, and #25. You favored Oklahoma State (obviously), keeping Texas A&M out (good work), and voted in SMU and Baylor instead of Michigan State and Arizona State.
In the fan confidence voting, you slipped a little on Chris Klieman and the direction of the Wildcat program. It wasn’t huge, but 5% of the voters are not confident in the program direction right now.
Several other teams fell this week, but maybe none bigger than the Wildcats week 3 opponent, as Mississippi State voters confidence plunged by 70% from last week, dropping from 90.9% after their win over Kentucky two weeks ago, to just 20% after getting blown out by Auburn this weekend (our loss probably didn’t help much either).
There was one other question this week: “Which coach gets fired first”. And not surprisingly based on the options, Tennessee finally pulled out a “W” this season and just eked out Rutgers with 24.9% of the voters expecting the Volunteers to be the first to lose their head coach (of the available options) this season, followed by the Scarlet Knights at 24.1%. Of the options available, Arkansas only garnered 5.0% of the vote (and the Razorbacks also saw a 53% increase — from 0% — in fan confidence this week) to “lose” the question.