How Oregon's Defense Will Stop Collin Klein and the Kansas State Offense

Shannon HartleyContributor IIIDecember 27, 2012

Collin Klein has piled up 890 yards rushing this season, only three yards from being the Wildcats leader in the category. Along with his rushing identity, Klein has amassed just under 2,500 yards through the air. 

With Klein's lack of passing consistency and breakaway speed, many wouldn't call him an elite throwing or running quarterback, but he has surprisingly managed to win games.

Going up against an Oregon defense that is very fast and opportunistic will be a challenge for Klein.

Oregon defensive coordinator, Nick Aliotti and his defense are not easy to gameplan for. He fills each position with players that are fast, tenacious, smart and are willing to fly to the ball.

With players like projected first-round draft pick, Dion Jordan, Boseko Lokombo and Kiko Alonso rushing after Klein, it will be tough to keep from rushing passes and making decisive decisions.

Oregon's last few losses have come to teams that have one of two things on offense: an elite downfield throwing quarterback (e.g. Matt Barkley) or a smash-mouth rushing game that steals the clock (e.g. Stepfan Taylor). Not to mention these teams (LSU, USC, Stanford) also needed stellar defenses to corral Oregon's offense.

A lot of Colin Klein's rushes come on option read plays. Who knows how to read an option better than the Wildcats? I'm guessing Oregon, since they are third in the nation in rushing off of option plays.

If K-State resorts to throwing the ball, they will be putting it in the air against an Oregon team that is leading the nation in interceptions this season with 24.

Like I said earlier, Klein isn't known for his throwing consistency as he lacks both strength and accuracy. Oregon's linebackers and defensive backs will be alert and ready to get the ball back to their explosive offense. 

Collin Klein is the Kansas State offense. Without him, their hopes of winning drastically decline in any matchup.

The Wildcats running back, John Hubert, has two more yards than the quarterback (that's got to be demoralizing) and their leading receiver, Chris Harper, is an Oregon transfer who couldn't solidify a spot with the Ducks.

I don't want to sound too biased, but Oregon really doesn't have to be spectacular to win this football game. They need to pick up where they left off in Corvallis against Oregon State, and apply that mentality to the Fiesta Bowl on January 3.