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The good news for the Kansas football team is that the Jayhawks find themselves in second place in the BCS standings.

The bad news for Kansas is that the Jawhawks are, indeed, second in the BCS standings.

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Being second in the ranking this year has been the equivalent of being on the cover of SI or the featured player on the Madden video game. Doom follows.

Kansas is in line for a shot at the national championship game because Oregon stumbled last week, just the latest in a long string of No. 2s who slipped on a banana peel.

So if the season ended today, LSU would be No. 1 and Kansas No. 2. But it doesn't. Kansas has a particularly difficult road to travel to the title bowl game in New Orleans. The Jayhawks still have to play No. 4 Missouri and then the Big 12 championship game against either Texas or Oklahoma. If Missouri were to win out, it would seem it would leapfrog No. 3 West Virginia and play for the national title.

Waiting for some combination of wins and losses to give them a shot are West Virgina, Ohio State and Arizona State.

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