Texas Tech rolled into Manhattan, Kan., looking for an upset and instead left like every team that has visited the Wildcats this season—with a loss. The No. 3 Wildcats, led by Heisman front-runner Collin Klein, beat the Red Raiders in dominating fashion and will likely jump to No. 2 in the BCS standings.
Klein (19-of-26, 233 yards) rushed for touchdowns of 16 and 22 yards and passed for two more in the 55-24 victory.
With the Red Raiders dispensed, Kansas State appears to have gotten through the toughest part of its schedule. But has it?
Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma, West Virginia and Texas Tech are in the books, as well as the upset-minded Iowa State Cyclones, but the Wildcats still split two games at home and two on the road in November.
Next week Kansas State hosts Oklahoma State, the same Oklahoma State that beat the Wildcats last year, 52-45. But this year's Cowboys aren't the same team as last year's then-No. 3 Cowboys. Oklahoma State has been inconsistent all year with an underwhelming 20-14 win over Kansas and a 41-36 loss to Texas. Kansas State looks like a winner in its contest with Oklahoma State.
So who's left in the Big 12 to stop Kansas State's run of the table?
TCU? The Horned Frogs lost to Texas Tech and Iowa State, two teams that Kansas State beat. Edge to Kansas State.
Baylor? The Bears lost to West Virginia 70-63, the same team that was crushed 55-14 by Kansas State. Again, the edge goes to Kansas State.
Texas? The Longhorns defense couldn't tackle its way out of a paper bag. Kansas State should win that one in a rout.
Kansas State will be 12-0 at the end of the regular season with no conference championship game to play in. The Wildcats' strength of schedule should keep them ahead of the teams below them, but at this point in the season, that's too early to bank on.
Unless Oregon goes 13-0, Kansas State looks in prime position to take on (presumably) Alabama in January.