Oklahoma State vs Kansas State: Will This Be When Collin Klein Locks Up Heisman?

Alex CallosCorrespondent INovember 3, 2012

MANHATTAN, KS - OCTOBER 27:  Quarterback Collin Klein #7 of the Kansas State Wildcats passes during the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Manhattan, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Kansas State will once again be on the national stage Saturday night when it takes on another nationally-ranked team. Oklahoma State comes to town, marking the third straight week the Wildcats take on a Top 25 opponent.

The Cowboys bring a 5-2 record overall, along with a 3-2 mark in the Big 12. Running back Joseph Randle will be carrying the load for Oklahoma State. The junior has rushed for 891 yards and nine touchdowns so far on the season.

In each of his previous games, quarterback Collin Klein has played remarkably well. He's totaled 11 touchdowns over the last two weeks with no interceptions, and he's distanced himself from the rest of the Heisman contenders. Another performance like that Saturday on a national stage and he will further supplant himself as a Heisman lock.

While it is not over yet, a convincing performance on Saturday could all but seal the deal.

After Saturday night, the toughest part of the schedule will be out of the way, and games against TCU, Baylor and Texas will remain.

Klein already has 28 touchdowns this season through eight games, leading a Wildcats offense that averages over 44 points a game.

Kansas State has also played well on the defensive side of the ball, helping the Wildcats start the season 8-0.

Even though there are other big games going on Saturday night, this one has just as much significance of any of them, with the top two teams in the conference going head-to-head.

While there are plenty of other Heisman contenders, none are more deserving than Klein, as the senior is without question the most important player on any team in the country.

Last season, Klein had his coming-out party. At the beginning of this season, he burst onto the Heisman scene, and in the past few weeks, he has moved to the top of the race. Saturday will be the night that he supplants himself as a lock for perhaps the biggest award in all of sports: the Heisman Trophy.