Quarterback Collin Klein played his way into the Heisman Trophy discussion as the Kansas State Wildcats continue their march to the Big-12 title against the Texas Tech Red Raiders Saturday afternoon at Bill Synder Stadium.
The Wildcats joined the Top 3 of the Bowl Championship Series rankings with an impressive 55-14 win over then-No. 17 West Virginia.
Klein bested fellow Heisman candidate Geno Smith with 323 passing yards and three touchdowns, along with a one-yard rushing score. The Wildcat’s Tyler Lockett topped all receivers with nine receptions for 194 yards and two touchdowns.
Smith suffered at the hands of the Kansas State defense, tossing his first interceptions of the season and a season-low 143 yards. The Wildcats defense now ranks 14th in the nation, allowing just 16.1 points per game, and already took down Big-12 traditional powerhouse Oklahoma on Sept. 22.
The Red Raiders are also in the BCS hunt after surviving a 56-53 triple overtime shootout over TCU, with quarterback Seth Doege tallying seven touchdowns, with three of those coming in overtime.
Despite the high score, Texas Tech only totaled 389 yards to TCU’s 516 yards. The Red Raiders were up 36-26 after running back Kenny Williams’ 47-yard rush for a score, but the Horned Frogs’ Trevone Boykin responded with a 60-yard strike to receiver LaDarius Brown, and kicker Jaden Oberkrom hit the fifth of his six field goals to send the game to overtime.
Doege eventually ended the contest with an eight yard pass to receiver Alex Torres, but the normally stingy 1 th ranked Texas Tech pass defense had its worst game of the season despite two interceptions.
The Red Raiders will have to find their form against Kansas State, who is 10th in the nation in points scored with 42.9 a game.
The contest begins at 3:30 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast FOX.
Prediction: This game will be a total shootout, which does favor Texas Tech, but Klein can win with both his arm and his legs, and the Wildcats should prevail in a close victory.
Betting Odds: Kansas State is favored by 8 points
Over/Under: 61 points
Predicted Score: Kansas State 35, Texas Tech 30