As Collin Klein goes, so go the Kansas State Wildcats. After four days of constant speculation, head coach Bill Snyder is still playing things with his star quarterback coy, though he did tell reporters (h/t Fox Sports) he expects Klein to play Saturday vs. TCU.
Let's cut to the chase. Would I expect him to play? I certainly hope that's the case, and I would expect that to take place.
Apparently Snyder went to the Bill Belichick School of Press Conferences, where you can say a lot of words that might mean something but you really aren't saying anything at all.
Secretive plans aside, since Snyder appears to be planning as if Klein will be on the field, what does this mean for the Wildcats and their chances against TCU on Saturday?
Simply put, it makes the Wildcats a virtual lock to take down the Horned Frogs at Amon Carter Stadium.
There was a time, not that long ago, when playing TCU would be a test for any offense. The defenses that head coach Gary Patterson built were fast, ferocious and capable of stopping anyone, even as the program was punished by the BCS for playing in the Mountain West.
That has not been the case this season, the Horned Frogs' first as a member of the Big 12. Reality set in early for this team against Iowa State, as they allowed 37 points to the Cyclones. Things have gotten much better in the weeks since. They have allowed 151 points in their last four games.
Kansas State has proven itself to be one of the best scoring teams in the country, averaging 44.3 points per game, and a significant chunk of that is a direct result of Klein's play.
Klein, the Heisman Trophy favorite at this particular moment, has 2,573 yards of total offense (1,875 passing and 698 rushing) and 29 total touchdowns (17 rushing, 12 passing) this season. He is averaging 10 yards per pass attempt and five yards per rush.
As a team, Kansas State has 3,951 yards of offense and 45 touchdowns. Klein is responsible for 65 percent of the total yards gained by the team and 64 percent of the touchdowns.
Just the presence of Klein in the lineup makes the Wildcats one of the most dangerous teams in the country, especially against a suspect defense that has been unable to contain anyone in the conference outside of a 1-8 Kansas team.
This is not your typical TCU team, as well as a better-than-expected Kansas State squad. It is time to stop wondering when the other shoe is going to drop and focus on how good the Wildcats are.
Oh, by the way, Kansas State's defense isn't exactly getting by on a wing and prayer. That unit is allowing just 18.6 points per game and held Oklahoma, West Virginia and Texas Tech to a combined 57 points.
Road games are usually catnip for upsets in college football, but in the case of Kansas State, it will be just another way for this team to assert its dominance over the rest of the Big 12 and prove it deserves its No. 2 ranking in the BCS.
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