Wildcats to face another ranked team


Every Tuesday, head football coach Bill Snyder and a number of players take the podium to answer questions for the media. This week, however, was not just another week. There was more buzz surrounding K-State football than ever before. The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings and starting quarterback, senior Collin Klein, is the heavy favorite to win the Heisman Trophy. 

Coming off of a big win against then-No. 13 West Virginia, K-State’s schedule will not get any easier this weekend as they take on No. 14 Texas Tech. This has been called a possible trap game for the Wildcats; in other words, Texas Tech could be the opponent that upsets K-State. This will be the fourth time this season K-State will face a top-25 ranked team. 

“It’s not a trap game; Texas Tech is good,” said Snyder. “You guys look around the conference and talk about trap games and underdogs and all that kind of jazz. Everybody is good. They’re all good. There aren’t any bad football teams in this conference. Anybody can beat anybody.”

Not only fans of K-State, but college football fans all across the country have become familiar with Klein and the offense that he runs. However, most pay less attention to K-State’s defense, which has not allowed any team to score more than 21 points all season.

“I think that gradually we have gotten a little better and a little better and that’s, again, newer guys fitting in with the older guys,” Snyder said.

The defense will be tested again this weekend when they take on Texas Tech, who averages 42.9 points a game.

K-State has never had a Heisman Trophy winner in the history of the program. Through seven games, Klein is leading the Heisman race and appears to have a strong chance at bringing K-State its first Heisman Trophy.

“In this day and age, with TVs everywhere and Internet everywhere and Twitter and all the stuff, it’s hard to know. It’s hard to be totally oblivious,” Klein said. “Just trying to keep it up; we are over halfway on our journey, and there is still as many dangers to take care of in the second half as we had in the first half.”

The Wildcats have played three of their last four games on the road, all against ranked opponents. This weekend, K-State will have its first opportunity to beat a ranked team at home.

“It feels really good to be able to come back to our community, our fans,” said senior safety Jarard Milo.

No. 3 K-State will take on No. 14 Texas Tech this Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.