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Final 2012 BCS rankings: K-State finishes as No. 5 team in nation

Kansas State have accepted their invitation to the Fiesta Bowl and end the season as the BCS No. 5 team in the nation.

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At one point, the Kansas State Wildcats looked like favorites to make it to the BCS National Championship game, but they had to settle in the end with a No. 5 ranking by BCS and an invite to a slightly less prestigious BCS bowl. Only Notre Dame, Alabama, Florida and Oregon, their eventual opponent in the Fiesta Bowl, received higher rankings to end the season.

No. 1 Notre Dame will face No. 2 Alabama in the Championship following Bama's win in the SEC Title Game.

For their part, K-State blog Bring On The Cats is just happy that this year, there's absolutely no controversy to be had -- Kansas State solidly earned the Fiesta Bowl bid and their final spot in the BCS with a solid season, better than anyone else in the conference could muster:

There's no controversy this year. No torches and pitchforks for bowls that would pass up top-10 K-State for Michigan or Virginia Tech. The Wildcats are Big 12 champions and have the conference's automatic bid to the Fiesta Bowl.

K-State will move on to play the Oregon Ducks in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3.