With a bid to the Fiesta Bowl on the line, it's win-and-in for the No. 6 Kansas State Wildcats who will host the No. 18 Texas Longhorns in a battle of the Big 12 on Dec. 1.
K-State enters this one coming off its first loss of the season—a beat down at the hands of the Baylor Bears that saw the Wildcats lose their No. 1 ranking.
The Longhorns also enter Bill Snyder Family Stadium coming off a loss, as Texas was downed 20-13 by the TCU Horned Frogs on Thanksgiving Day.
I like K-State to handle its business here, though. Below are my predictions for the Wildcats' top offensive players.
If there were fantasy for college football, Collin Klein would be a first-round pick.
Klein has been getting it done with his arm and his legs this season, as the senior QB also leads the Wildcats in rushing touchdowns.
Against a mediocre Texas defense, I like the chances of Klein having a big day, utilizing the skills that have aided him in scoring 34 combined touchdowns this year.
The Longhorns defense has just 12 interceptions this season and only 24 QB sacks, making this a favorable matchup for Klein.
Coming off a tough game against Baylor, I think Klein has a bounce-back performance.
Prediction: 17-of-25, 255 yards and 2 TDs. 15 rushing attempts, 70 yards and 1 TD.
Klein gets most of the credit for K-State's offense, but junior RB John Hubert has carried the ball well for the Wildcats this season.
Hubert has amassed 826 yards and 12 touchdowns on 158 carries, which calculates out to a 5.2 YPC average.
Fortunately for Hubert, Texas' defense has surrendered more than 2,000 yards on the ground and a hefty 30 rushing TDs, which is why Hubert should have himself his first 100-yard rushing game since Nov. 6 against Kansas.
Despite sharing the load with Klein, Hubert has himself another solid day in the Wildcats' backfield.
Prediction: 16 carries, 105 yards and 1 TD. 2 receptions and 20 yards.
As we know, K-State is one of the better rushing teams, making it hard for wide receivers in this system to make a name for themselves.
Well, I think that changed for Harper against Baylor when he hauled in 11 catches for 123 yards and a score—easily the best game of his career.
With Klein showing a lot of trust in his senior wideout against the Bears, his chances of having an impact on this game are high.
Texas is no stranger to giving up yards to receivers (just ask Trey Millard), so look for another solid performance from Harper.
Prediction: 7 receptions, 89 yards and 1 TD.
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