Kansas State vs. Baylor: Why This Has the Potential for a 55-52 Game
Fans of offense and lots of it should tune into No. 1 Kansas State at Baylor. This one is going to be much better than the discrepancy in the rankings and record of these two teams may suggest.
First, let's take a look at the Bears and how they can put up big numbers today:
QB Nick Florence leads the offense with 3,191 yards passing and 25 touchdowns. While he's not exactly RGIII, he can also make a play with his feet when called upon. Florence has 362 yards rushing and an additional six touchdowns on the ground.
And Florence has a great target in Terrance Williams. The senior WR has an astonishing 1,431 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns on the year for the Bears.
Clearly, the offense isn't the reason why Baylor is 4-5, particularly when you consider that this is the No. 7 scoring offense in the nation.
Now, the Kansas State defense will certainly pose a challenge to Florence and the Bears offense. The Wildcats sit at No. 14 in scoring defense by allowing only 17.7 points per game.
They've already faced and grounded some of the biggest offenses in the nation, including Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Texas Tech.
However, did you know that Kansas State is just No. 78 in passing defense?
That should play into Baylor's favor.
The Bears should also be plenty motivated to win this game. Other than playing the spoiler, Baylor has to win two of its last three games to make it to bowl eligibility. With Texas Tech and Oklahoma State the other teams left on Baylor's schedule, that's no small feat.
Now for the Kansas State offense.
Heisman front-runner Collin Klein has turned the Wildcats into a scoring machine. Between his arm and his legs, Klein has 31 total touchdowns on the year.
That's an average of just over three per game.
Klein is efficient, hard to catch, smart and fast. That is a really bad combination for any defense to try to stop.
Baylor is going to have a particularly hard time, as they can't play defense.
How Many Points Will Kansas State and Baylor Score Combined?
The Bears are giving up on average nearly 40 points per game. Even with a high-powered offense, it's hard to win games that way. They're given up even more passing yards than the Wildcats per game (321.11 yards/game).
As far as motivation goes, how about this: Kansas State is just two wins away from playing in the BCS National Championship Game. A single loss makes getting there all but impossible.
Given all the evidence, this game definitely has the potential to be a barn burner with both teams scoring well into the 40s or even the 50s. The big question is going to be whether or not the Kansas State secondary can step up and slow down Baylor's passing attack.
All I've got to say is this game should be a great one for lovers of scoring and lots of it.
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