Kansas State Football: What Wildcats Must Do vs. Baylor to Remain at No. 1

Justin WeltonAnalyst IINovember 17, 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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The Kansas State Wildcats topped the BCS standings last Sunday night, but their stay may not be for long.

With the Oregon Ducks playing Top 15 competition and the Wildcats playing a below-.500 team, Kansas State will need to do these three things to place itself in the best position possible to remain at No. 1.


Slow down Baylor's passing attack

Baylor's offense scores 42.7 points per game, and its passing attack is legit. Senior Nick Florence has recorded 3,191 passing yards and 25 touchdowns this season.

His favorite target, Terrance Williams, has caught 77 passes for 1,431 yards and 10 touchdowns. The senior-to-senior connection has provided one of the best wide receiver-quarterback tandems in all of college football.

Kansas State's defense is ranked 14th in the nation, allowing 17.7 points per game. The unit will be in for a tough task against the Bears, but slowing them down will look great on the team's resume. 


Score 40 or more points

Baylor's offense is capable of putting points on the board, as it has scored 40 or more points in six games this season, including 63 against West Virginia. 

For Kansas State to make this victory look as sexy as possible, the Wildcats will need their offense to show up to the party. So far this season, Kansas State hasn't had much of a problem doing that.

The Wildcats score 42.2 points per game, which is ranked eighth in college football. Heisman hopeful Collin Klein has scored 31 touchdowns this season, 19 on the ground and 12 through the air. He needs to produce at a high level for Kansas State to win Saturday's game, because he is the majority of the team's offense. 


Win by blowout

With Oregon narrowly behind Kansas State, and with Oregon playing No. 13 Stanford, the Wildcats must not only defeat Baylor, they must blow them out of the water.

Baylor is 4-5, and just beating the Bears by 10 points or fewer won't suffice. They must defeat them by 25 or more points while showing the ability of slowing down the Bears offense. 

However they do it, Kansas State must produce a convincing victory on Saturday.



Kansas State 49, Baylor 24.