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Not much to discuss this fine Monday as we head into bye week.

If the Cats GET to a bowl, they may be facing THIS. DO NOT WANT.
If the Cats GET to a bowl, they may be facing THIS. DO NOT WANT.
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

It would be so easy to just fall into a 10 day long funk, lying in bed and eating ice cream while watching Friends reruns, neglecting personal hygiene, refusing to answer the phone, and generally just letting yourself go. It's that bad, right?

But at least we have something to take our minds off the disaster in Manhattan this week, as I hear there's a baseball event of some note taking place. Is all the suffering inflicted upon college football fans in Kansas this fall* payment for a Royals World Series title?

* - It's not just K-State. It's not even just K-State and Kansas. Pittsburg State is wallowing through their worst year in recent memory. Emporia State is on the verge of being Charlie Browned by Northwest Missouri's Lucy. Fort Hays already has been. And the NAIA schools in Kansas, save for Baker, have been nightmares.

Anyway, today's news is brief, so we'll append the polls to the end of today's Slate and get on with our week of abject misery.

Jeff provided this week's Transitivity Rankings, in which we at least get the mild thrill of seeing Memphis ranked number two.

ESPN's Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy both still have the Wildcats bowling, and both have them going to Dallas on the day after Christmas for the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Schlabach expects the opponent to be Southern Miss; McMurphy has Western Kentucky pencilled in. Please, baby Jesus, not Western Kentucky.

On the other hand, USA Today's Dan Wolken has slapped K-State onto his Misery Index, at #6. Note that doesn't mean K-State is the sixth-worst team in the country. Just that there are only five schools suffering more.

One of those five: Miami, who fired Al Golden last night That's not the only sudden coaching vacancy in the Sunshine State, either; Central Florida's George O'Leary pulled a Spurrier (to much less fanfare) yesterday, retiring with immediate effect. For those of you keeping count, that all means that this is not the year for Bill Snyder to decide to hang up his spurs.

The AP Poll and Amway/USA Today Coaches Poll were released yesterday, and that's of absolutely no relevance whatsoever to Kansas State, who slid to #64 in the Massey Composite Ranking after Saturday's loss. But hey, that's still in the top half of FBS, right?

As usual, all teams receiving votes and/or appearing in the Massey Composite top 40 either this week or last are included below. There are some delta adjustments in the USA Today poll, as a bunch of teams who got votes but were lower than 39th last week got no votes this week, and therefore would have technically moved UP, which as we always remind you is just plain dumb.

AP COACHES COMP
TEAM RK 1ST PTS LW CHG RK 1ST PTS LW CHG RK LW CHG
Ohio State 1 39 1466 1 1 49 1557 1 2 2
Baylor 2 7 1417 2 2 10 1488 2 6 7 1
Clemson 3 6 1378 6 3 6 1 1323 6 1 3 2
Louisiana State 4 5 1344 5 1 4 1 1345 5 1 3 5 2
Texas Christian 5 3 1327 4 -1 3 2 1418 3 7 6 -1
Michigan State 6 1250 7 1 5 1338 4 -1 9 11 2
Alabama 7 1 1163 8 1 7 1196 8 1 4 4
Stanford 8 1062 10 2 8 1073 11 3 11 15 4
Notre Dame 9 997 11 2 9 1072 10 1 5 10 5
Iowa 10 934 12 2 11 929 13 2 8 8
Florida 11 867 13 2 12 848 14 2 12 9 -3
Oklahoma State 12 864 14 2 10 972 12 2 16 16
Utah 13 838 3 -10 14 763 7 -7 13 1 -12
Oklahoma 14 697 17 3 13 809 15 2 10 14 4
Michigan 15 666 15 17 611 17 14 13 -1
Memphis 16 660 18 2 16 640 17 1 15 17 2
Florida State 17 571 9 -8 15 647 9 -6 18 12 -6
Houston 18 411 21 3 19 385 22 3 24 21 -3
Mississippi 19 368 24 5 21 354 23 2 17 22 5
Toledo 20 365 19 -1 20 370 20 23 20 -3
Temple 21 307 22 1 22 277 24 2 22 25 3
Duke 22 274 23 1 18 393 21 3 26 30 4
Pittsburgh 23 161 25 2 24 111 28 4 28 26 -2
UCLA 24 110 28 4 25 95 29 4 20 28 8
Mississippi State 25 103 26 1 27 70 26 -1 19 23 4
Texas A&M 26 73 15 -11 26 89 16 -10 25 18 -7
North Carolina 27 46 29 2 28 55 29 1 30 27 -3
Southern California 28 33 38 10 32 14 43 11 21 35 14
Brigham Young 29 18 27 -2 34 11 32 -2 32 24 -8
Georgia 30 17 31 1 23 116 25 2 33 34 1
Wisconsin 31 15 34 3 29 36 27 -2 27 32 5
Northwestern 32 10 37 5 32 14 39 7 31 29 -2
Appalachian State 33 6 38 5 39 43 4 36 48 12
California 34 5 20 -14 30 17 19 -11 29 19 -10
Washington State 35 2 38 3 34 11 34 47 50 3
Boise State 34 34 37 1 41 4 38 33 -5
Texas Tech 30 30 39 31 -8 42 37 -5
Western Kentucky 32 32 39 34 -5 41 41
Arizona State 33 33 39 43 4 43 45 2
Utah State 36 36 39 34 -5 60 36 -24
Navy 31 15 32 1 34 31 -3
Oregon 34 11 34 44 44
Marshall 37 1 40 3 57 53 -4
Arizona 41 52 54 2
Bowling Green 42 40 49 9
Illinois 34 54 47 -7
Kentucky 43 62 51 -11
Penn State 43 37 40 3
Tennessee 35 38 3
West Virginia 39 39

The Wildcats sit in ninth place out of 14 teams, 38 shots off the lead, after two rounds at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate at Grandover Resort East in Greensboro, N.C. The final round will take place today. Matt Green, tied for 21st with a 1-under 143, leads the Wildcats on the leaderboard; Green is 12 strokes behind leader Austin Eaff of Purdue.

Kansas State went 6-3 in singles and 5-3 in doubles over the weekend at the Drake Jamboree at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center in Des Moines. All three Wildcats -- Livia Cirnu, Millie Stretton, and Maria Panaite -- went 2-1 in singles; all won on Sunday to go over .500 on the weekend. In doubles, Panaite and Stretton were unbeaten during the event, winning all three matches on Friday and one on Sunday.

Next up for the ladies is November 5-8 in Orlando, as they close out the fall at the USTA Clay Court Invitational at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex. Carolina Costamagna and Ana Garcia Navas will represent the Wildcats.