The Kansas State Wildcats can clinch the Big-12 title and still earn a BCS bowl berth with a win Saturday as they host the Texas Longhorns at Bill Snyder Stadium.
No. 7 Kansas State is two weeks removed from their national title hopes dashed away by a 52-24 blowout to Baylor. Heisman candidate Collin Klein had his worst game of the year, going 27-for-50 for two touchdowns and three interceptions. Typically a run-first quarterback, Klein was forced to throw as the Wildcats faced a 28-7 second quarter deficit.
The Kansas State defense gave up 342 rushing yards and four touchdowns, including three scores and 113 yards by Baylor’s Glasco Martin.
It was the Wildcats first and only week atop the BCS standings this season, but they can capture their first Big-12 conference championship since 2003 against the disappointing Longhorns.
Texas reached as high as No.11 this year, before two straight losses to ranked teams ruined their shot at a BCS bowl. The Longhorns suffered their third loss of the season to TCU on Thanksgiving by giving up 217 rushing yards and four turnovers, and fell 20-13.
Quarterback Case McCoy filled in for David Ash, who was responsible for three turnovers, and nearly led Texas on a game-tying drive, but was picked off in the last two minutes.
Despite their losses, the Longhorns are guaranteed to finish with their best record since 2009, when they went 13-1 and fell to Alabama in the BCS national title game.
The game kicks off at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast by ABC.
Betting Odds: Kansas State is favored by 11 points.
Over/Under: 62 points
Prediction: Klein and the Wildcats should be upset they squandered a shot at the national title, and will score at will on Texas. Klein may even get himself back into the Heisman race if he puts up big numbers in what should be a big win for Kansas State.
Predicted Score: Kansas State 38, Texas 20