Throughout the 2012 season, the Kansas State Wildcats quietly worked their way through the Big 12, with their one mistake coming against the Baylor Bears. For the second year in a row, quarterback Collin Klein is having a great season, putting up obscene numbers and doing so both through the air and on the ground. Only this year, instead of just the Big 12 taking notice to Klein’s skill, the entire country took notice.
It’s most likely that Klein would have won the Heisman trophy had it not been for the Baylor game. And some thought that he might have gotten shafted during the awards given out in the post season, being portrayed as somewhat of a third wheel. But Klein chooses to ignore it, go on with his life and continue to get business done. And that’s exactly what he intends to do in his final game as a Wildcat at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Thursday night.
The Wildcats defense will have their hands full with the high-powered, fast-paced Oregon Ducks, but the same goes for the Ducks defense. Klein quite possibly is the best dual-threat quarterback their defense has faced all season and he also has the weapons to get the job done. The Ducks are known for their ground game, which has been deadly, but the Wildcats have the advantage of an air game as well as a ground game. The Wildcats have three wide receivers with 500+ yards, where the Ducks don’t have one wide out with that many yards.
This game is going to come down to whose defense can hold up the longest. If the Wildcats can stop that amazing Duck run game, this may end up being a Kansas State blow out. Honestly, I don’t know if that will happen. The Ducks have a tendency to be able to wear the opposing defenses out quickly with their speed. I have a feeling this one might be a boat race; whoever has the ball last type of game.
It has the potential to be one of the better BCS match-ups, since the previous three have been snoozers. Though, the All State Sugar Bowl was exciting, considering the no one gave the Louisville Cardinals a chance at all against the Florida Gators. The Cards just straight embarrassed the Gators.
No one really is giving the Wildcats a chance in this bowl either, with most picking the Ducks big. If you are new to paying attention to the Big 12, let me give you an insider tip: don’t ever underestimate head coach Bill Snyder and what he is able to do. He is called the wizard for a reason.