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Big 12 Power Rankings: Kansas State Leads Sporting News List

Kansas State may be ranked fourth in the Big 12 in most of the polls, but the Sporting News has Bill Snyder's program ranked atop the conference in their latest power rankings.

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That's mainly on the strength of their 52-13 drubbing of Miami earlier in the season, as they were the only one of the Big 12's power teams to really challenge themselves in non-conference play.

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West Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas have played a series of cupcakes in the first three weeks of 2012, which, ironically enough, was the way Snyder first built the Wildcats program in the early 1990's. The game against Miami was actually scheduled during Ron Prince's tenure in Manhattan.

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However, with Big 12 play set to begin this week, Kansas State will see whether a tougher schedule will pay dividends when they travel to Norman to play the Sooners in a game with huge ramifications in the conference title race.

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