Kansas State vs. Texas Tech: 5 Reasons the Wildcats Will Defeat the Red Raiders
Kansas State and Texas Tech have been two of the biggest surprises in college football this season, but the Wildcats should easily defeat the Red Raiders this Saturday.
Texas Tech is a good team, but they just don't have what it takes to overcome Collin Klein and the Wildcats solid all-around game.
Kansas State will be tested by Texas Tech, but they will emerge victorious on Saturday for a number of reasons, which are outlined in the following slides.
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One of the biggest reasons Kansas State should beat Texas Tech is because of the man they have preparing them for the big game.
Bill Snyder has had a lot of success in his lengthy coaching career, with two stints at Kansas State totaling twenty years at the school.
He's won the Paul "Bear" Bryant award, the Walter Camp Coach of the Year, the Woody Hayes Coach of the Year and has been named the conference coach of the year six times.
Snyder turned K-State around from futility to contention back in the early 90s, and has been one of the most underrated head coaches in college football since.
He faces a worthy opponent in Tommy Tuberville, but I believe that Snyder will have his team ready for the Red Raiders. There's a reason Snyder is one of only three Division 1 FBS coaches in history to have a stadium named after them, and he'll prove why on Saturday.
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The Red Raiders have a very solid defense, but they have yet to face anyone quite like K-State quarterback Collin Klein.
Klein has emerged as a leading candidate for the Heisman while leading the Wildcats to an undefeated record so far.
He has a 70.5 percent completion percentage, to go along with 10 touchdowns against only two interceptions. He's been even more impressive running the ball, with 551 yards on 110 attempts and 14 touchdowns.
The senior from Colorado is also a great leader, and will find a way to keep the Wildcats charging towards the national championship.
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As good as Collin Klein is, the Wildcats best player may be Arthur Brown. He is one of the top linebackers in his class, and should be a high pick come next April's draft.
He really controls the game from his inside linebacker position, flying around the field to make plays.
The Kansas native is very quick for an inside linebacker, but he doesn't give up any strength to maintain that quickness.
Brown is a sure tackler, good leader and is more of a playmaker than he gets credit for. He was the first player to intercept Geno Smith this season, and was the first player to intercept Robert Griffin III last season.
Brown is going to be a huge difference-maker this Saturday. Seth Doege and the Red Raiders running backs will have to know where he is on every play.
The West Virginia Comparison
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Kansas State and Texas Tech both demolished West Virginia, but there were a few differences that give K-State an advantage.
The first, and most obvious, is that Texas Tech won at home, whereas Kansas State had to go into Morgantown and take on a West Virginia squad that was eager to avenge their previous week's loss.
In the first three quarters of both games, throwing out the final quarter because backups came in, the scores were 42-7 for Texas Tech and 52-7 Kansas State.
Besides the 10 point scoring advantage for K-State, it's also worth noting that the touchdown West Virginia scored came from a kick return. The Wildcats held the Mountaineers without an offensive touchdown until 7:31 of the fourth quarter.
The last thing that should be taken into account is the injury to Stedman Bailey during the Texas Tech game. I'm not saying West Virginia would have come back to win if Bailey had played the second half, but I think it made a significant difference.
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With a seating capacity of approximately 52,000, Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium is an intimidating venue for opponents.
Since 1990, Kansas State is an impressive 113-26-1 at home. From 1996-2000, K-State won 26 consecutive games at Bill Snyder Stadium, and they have only lost four times at home since the beginning of the 2009 season.
Wildcat Nation will be out full throttle for this big matchup against Texas Tech. This may be the best team Kansas State has had in a long time, and there's no telling when they will make another push for the national championship, so they have to take advantage of every opportunity.