Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/25/12
Texas Tech and Kansas State have something in common.They both frustrated Geno Smith and soundly beat West Virginia. The Red Raiders are not relying on their offense to put points on the board.  No, their defense is making some noise as they are ranked in the Top 10 nationally and number one in the Big 12. Kansas State has the nation’s overall best quarterback in Collin Klein.  He can beat you throwing or running the football and has finally breathed life back into the Kansas State football program.  This should be an instant classic. Bold Prediction #1: “Optimus” Klein will not be denied.  Sure Texas Tech’s defense is ranked 7th in the country in total defense and yes, they are tops in the Big 12 in defense, but they haven’t ran into a machine like Collin Klein.  Klein has completed over 70 percent of his passes, thrown for 10 touchdowns with only two interceptions.  Where he is most dangerous, is running the zone read option play.  He is second on the team in rushing with 551 yards averaging five yards per carry and has reached the end zone 14 times running the ball. Tech’s 4-2-5 defensive scheme will have to really spy Klein all day, but that opens up everything for wide receiver Tyler Lockett.  He needs to have a big game so that Klein can really hurt the Red Raiders defense.  If nobody for Kansas State steps up, Klein will not be able to beat Texas Tech by himself.  The Red Raiders are that good.  However, Klein will put up Heisman like numbers in this Big 12 showdown. Klein stat line:  15 rushes for 112 yards, three touchdowns; 14 of 24 passing, 263 yards passing, one touchdown.Bold Prediction #2: Seth Doege will put up huge numbers against the Wildcats' defenseThe Red Raiders signal caller is quietly putting up huge numbers and should definitely be considered for the Heisman.  He has thrown 28 touchdowns which leads the FBS and over 2200 yards.  Doege is a big game quarterback.  Last week against TCU he threw for 318 yards and a career high seven touchdowns in the come from behind win at TCU.  In another big game against then 5th ranked West Virginia, he threw for 499 yards and six touchdowns. Kansas State's defense is better than what he faced against TCU and West Virginia, but the Wildcats will not be able to stop him.  The Wildcats are only giving up 16 points per game and has held West Virginia and Oklahoma offenses in check.  The Red Raiders are a different beast, and with a stingy defense giving Doege more time on the field, it will be a long day for the Wildcats. Seth Doege stat line: 38 for 52, 375 yards, four touchdowns.  Bold Prediction #3: Bill Snyder outlasts Tommy Tuberville.The winner of this game should win Big 12 coach of the year.  Nobody expected Texas Tech to be this good.  We knew Kansas State had talent, but did anybody expect them to be number one in the Big 12?  Bill Snyder doesn’t have a stadium named after him for no reason.  The guy is a legend and can flat out coach.  He has brought old school football back to the Big 12 and the Wildcats will not let him down. This will be a good game, a high scoring game with plenty of vicious hits.  But, in the end, the Wildcats are playing at home and will come out with the victory. Final Score:  Kansas State 44, Texas Tech 28
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