Kansas State Football: Wildcats Will Blow out Bears in Big 12 Mismatch

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistNovember 16, 2012

MANHATTAN, KS - NOVEMBER 3: Members of the Kansas State Wildcats huddle before a game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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It's time for the nation to take note of what's going on in Manhattan, Kansas this season.

Yes, the undefeated Kansas State Wildcats are the No. 1 team in the land, with a legendary head coach in Bill Snyder and a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate in QB Collin Klein.

But nobody's paying attention to the Kansas State defense, and that's a mistake.

It may not be as flashy as Alabama's or Notre Dame's vaunted defenses, but the Wildcats defense, led by Arthur Brown, is very, very good.

It's allowed a total of 18 touchdowns all season—12 passing, six rushing. It allows 17.7 points per game, 14th best in the nation. It has 27 sacks on the season, good enough for 20th in the nation.

It's true that the Baylor Bears have one of the most explosive offenses in all the land, averaging 42.7 points and 367.7 passing yards per game. 

Kansas State's defense is going to have its hands full, and Baylor is going to put points on the board.

As will Baylor's defense, facing a Kansas State offense that averages nearly as many points per game—42.2—as the Bears do.

Baylor's defense has allowed 49 touchdowns on the season—26 passing, 23 rushing—and it surrenders 289 passing yards and 199 rushing yards per game.

Klein, one of the great dual-threat QBs in the nation, has to be drooling at this matchup.

Baylor can't stop Klein and company from marching down the field and scoring at will.

K-State can—and will—stop Nick Florence and company from doing the same. 

All it's going to take is one stop for the floodgates to open.

The Wildcats will make the Bears wish they were back in hibernation by the time this one's said and done.

K-State wins in a rout, 52-28.