Texas Tech travels to Manhattan, Kansas to take Kansas State and Heisman front-runner Collin Klein with a chance to leave town tied atop the Big 12 standings with an epic road upset over the #3 team in the latest BCS standings.
Klein has 24 touchdowns to only two interceptions this season and plays a similar style to that of former Heisman winner and national champion at Florida, Tim Tebow, with his bulldozing running style from the quarterback position that is reminiscent of an old-school fullback.
Kansas State boat raced West Virginia last weekend when they forced Geno Smith into the worst game of his season where he had been the early leader in the Heisman race and it was Klein who finished the game with seven touchdowns to eclipse the Mountaineer quarterback.
Now Klein and Kansas State are facing another Heisman hopeful quarterback in Seth Doege who also had a seven touchdown game last weekend in a triple overtime win over TCU. Doege has a greater completion percentage than Klein, more total yards, and more total touchdowns than Klein, but trails him in the conference.
This can all change in 60 minutes on Saturday where Tommy Tuberville’s Red Raiders can make a statement with a win over the team that the media has fallen in love with and pick up their third straight victory over a ranked team-second in the top five.
Kansas State’s 14th ranked defense will be tested by the 4th ranked passing offense of Tech, but they will be confident in their ability to shut down this team one week after they took down West Virginia who had similar prowess through the air.
Confidence will also be in the Texas Tech huddle because they have taken three of the previous four matchups averaging more than 60 points per game in those wins.
Looking at their most recent common opponent in West Virginia, the scores are strikingly similar as each team allowed 14 points and each scored at least 49-with Kansas State edging them out at 55.
Therefore, I think this will be a very competitive and evenly matched game, but not enough to blemish Kansas State’s perfect record and diminish Klein’s Heisman campaign.
Kansas State wins 45-38.
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