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How on earth can Colin Klein be on our hot seat list this week?
Well, to be honest, we need an asterisk here. Klein is on the hot seat, not for his slumping play or his team's teetering on the edge of, well, anything. Instead, we've placed Klein on our hot seat list because he is now, clear and away, the frontrunner to win the 2012 Heisman Trophy.
But in a season where there really hasn't been one player that has simply blown the competition away (there are a number of players nipping on Klein's heels), playing for a team like Kansas State can be a bit of a weight around the ankles.
The Wildcats are not a “usual suspect” to have at the top of the BCS Rankings, but there they are at No. 2.
Simply put, as long as Klein continues to play as he has, leading the Wildcats to victory after victory, he'll remain atop most Heisman watch lists.
But if—and that's a mighty big “if”—Klein and the Wildcats slip up, even slightly, you may start to see the “cool kid's” choice of Manti Te'o slide into that top spot.
Interestingly enough, it will likely be Kansas State's defense that will have the biggest impact on Saturday's game against Oklahoma State.
The Pokes can put up points in a hurry, and a win against Kansas State will place the Cowboys in first place in the conference.
Can the Wildcats contain the No. 6 scoring offense in the FBS? Or, more relevantly, can Klein find a way to score more points than the Cowboys?
The answer to that question will likely decide the Big 12 outcome, a BCS berth for either team, and quite possibly, the Heisman Trophy.