WACO, Texas — Collin Klein and Kansas State are two wins away from almost certainly playing for the school's first national championship.
The Heisman Trophy front-running quarterback graces the cover of the latest Sports Illustrated, and the second-ranked Wildcats are headed to Texas for the second Saturday night in a row — this time to play a Baylor team still trying to get bowl eligible after losing its Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback to the NFL.
Drop one of their last two regular-season games, and the Wildcats (10-0, 7-0 Big 12), the No. 1 team in the latest BCS rankings, know their title dreams will likely be out of reach.
(Focus) is a pretty fragile thing. If you don't take care of business, any team in our conference and any team is capable of beating you. We understand that, Klein said. It's about having that mindset to be the best you can possibly be. We've been able to learn a lot of lessons while still winning. And that's a great thing to be able to do. We all believe we haven't played our best game yet, and that's what we're striving for.
K-State is coming off its lowest-scoring game of the season, outgained offensively by TCU in a 23-10 win. Klein was held under 200 total yards for the first time this season, though he still ran for two touchdowns after coming out of the previous game early because of an apparent head injury.
After only one turnover the previous six games, the Wildcats had two against the Frogs. There was even the first touchdown allowed after such a miscue this season, though they have still outscored opponents 114-7 off turnovers.
What happens is as you progress during the season, you have more and more exposure to what you do, and so consequently, opponents have more to study, more to define who we are, just like we have more to define in regards to who they are, coach Bill Snyder said. There's an equivalency factor there.
With a win at Baylor, the Wildcats would clinch at least a share of the Big 12 championship and the league's automatic berth into the Bowl Championship Series. They want more than only a BCS game — they want to be in the title game.
The last time they were this close was 1998, when they got to 11-0 before losing to Texas A&M in the Big 12 championship game that no longer exists.
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