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Following a failed Ron Prince experiment, Kansas State has returned to prominence under coaching icon Bill Snyder.
To no surprise, the 72-year-old's team is considered one of the league's favorites after finishing 10-2 a year ago.
Collin Klein, the Wildcats' hard-nosed quarterback, will attempt to build on an eye-opening junior campaign. Klein provided 40 total touchdowns, alongside 1,141 rushing yards.
However, he'll have a few new bodyguards as three spots on 2011's offensive line are now vacant.
This will undoubtedly be a bruising, grind-it-out matchup that will have players limping to ice baths.
The front seven of both defenses will be assigned the task of halting its opposition's intimidating rushers.
As Klein goes, so goes Kansas State.
If the Longhorns keep the Heisman hopeful at bay and the safeties aren't forced to cheat in run support, Texas will leave the Little Apple with heads held high.