NCAA Football – Week 12
The Kansas State Wildcats will look to move one step closer to the BCS National Championship on Saturday night in their final road game of the season, as they hope to beat the college football odds against the hungry Baylor Bears, who absolutely have to have this game.
Kansas State is so close that it can taste it. There was a measure of doubt before as to whether a 12-0 KSU squad would be good enough to hold off the Oregon Ducks and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for a spot in the BCS National Championship Game, but now that the Alabama Crimson Tide are out of the way, now it’s just an either/or proposition. It is clear that the National Championship and the Heisman Trophy are both clearly within reach for the Wildcats. The Heisman winner will be QB Collin Klein if he can lead his team to two more wins. The senior really doesn’t have much in terms of prospects of playing at the next level, so this really is his chance to shine. He has 2,020 passing yards with 12 TDs and three picks, and he has 748 yards and 19 scores on the ground. Klein was once the man that would come in as a change of pace to do nothing but run the football, but Head Coach Bill Snyder has made him a bona fide passer as well, and he is now one of the most dangerous men in the entire sport.
Baylor has the offense to keep up with anyone in the land, though. The team ranks second in the country in total offense at 564.0 yards per game, and it is putting up 42.7 points per game as well. QB Nick Florence and company have put at least 34 up on seven out of nine foes this year, and the likelihood is there that that is going to be the case once again in spite of the fact that the offense clearly has slowed down just a bit in recent weeks. Still, this game is everything to the Bears, as they need to find wins in two of their final three games of the campaign just to make it to a bowl game. With those games coming at the Texas Tech Red Raiders and at home against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, absolutely nothing is guaranteed even if this game is won, so this is a dangerous prospect for sure for the Bears.
Games in Waco this year have been nuts, and this stadium is just insanely hungry to try to get a monstrous victory for the program. The Bears have never had this type of an atmosphere before, and we think that this is the time for them to shine. For as great as Kansas State has been, it just seems all too eerie. Last year, Okie State was 10-0 and went on the road in a national game against an Iowa State team that needed the win just to make it to a bowl game. Tis life in the Big XII. The title dreams for the Cats will be clawed out this weekend. Baylor 40 – Kansas State 36