For coach Bill Snyder and Kansas State, there was a clear path to the BCS championship game and a likely Heisman Trophy for quarterback Collin Klein.

That all changed after an unexpected blitzkrieg by Baylor. Those are the same Bears (5-5) that a season after Robert Griffin III are still trying to get bowl eligible and had the nation's worst-ranked defense.

A week after taking over the top spot in the BCS rankings, and getting so close to a chance to play for their first national championship, the Wildcats (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) lost 52-24 at Baylor.

K-State tumbled five spots to seventh in the latest Associated Press poll Sunday. The new Bowl Championship Series standings come out later that night.

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Coming into Saturday, Oregon and Kansas State had the inside track to college football's national championship and the Southeastern Conference's run of six straight BCS titles was in jeopardy.

Then No. 2 K-State got thumped 52-24 by unranked Baylor and top-ranked Oregon fell in overtime to No. 14 Stanford, 17-14.

Now the SEC is alive and well.

And how's this for a possible national title game: Alabama vs. Notre Dame.

A week after Alabama was upset by Texas A&M, the upsets re-opened door for the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide, which shut out lower-division Western Carolina 49-0. Georgia has a title shot, too. And so does Florida.

But the happiest of all about the Ducks and Wildcats going down had to be Notre Dame and its fans.

The Fighting Irish were third in the BCS standings, behind K-State and Oregon entering the weekend. Notre Dame was staring at what must have felt unthinkable for the storied program: Finishing unbeaten and not even getting a chance to play for the BCS championship.