What flies under the radar, and you are starting to here more and more mention of it, K State is more like the SEC teams than the Big 12 teams, in that the game doesn’t rise and fall on the passing attack. Sound fundamental football at every position in each phase of the game, personal discipline (low penalty count, low turnover count) and the commitment to a running/ball control/clock management offense make for a winning formula.
I think K State can compete with any SEC team. I’m not going out on a limb and say they wold beat any SEC team, but it is, in many respects the same team that played in the Cotton Bowl against a very good Arkansas team last year, and now they have 1 more year of experience.
Collin Klein in many respects presents some of the same pros and cons as Tim Tebow. You know when the game is on the line and you are on the 1 yard line down 5 less than a minute to play, you want Collin Klein at Quarterback, not Geno Smith, not Matt Barkley, not Denard Robinson not Landry Jones (Competition Alert: same scenario 3 more years of Blake Bell).
As we have all seen, if the Heisman were handed out earlier in the year the results would not necessarily be the same as they are in Mid December.
Yes Collin Klein is looking very good right now and Geno Smith has taken a hit by way of two devastating losses to Tech and K State. However. the closer we get to Mid December we are getting closer to another event, the NFL draft.
Suddenly in Mid December when the focus should be on College Football some of the College Football Voters turn their gaze to the NFL draft and unfortunately for Collin Klein that is not a good thing because of all that has gone on surrounding Tim Tebow following his Heisman award and subsequent lackluster performance in the NFL.
I don’t know but I imagine that if the Heisman voters think on that one too much instead of focusing on the actual criteria for the award, Geno Smith, Matt Barkley and Seth Doege are very much in the mix. And one can never underestimated the media love fest with all things Notre Dame. Even though the probability of a linebacker winning the Heisman is naturally low, toss in a Notre Dame Linebacker and the built in PR machine the media is running for him and who knows???
As of right now while Collin Klein is the acknowledged front runner. In reality he is only slightly closer to it than Geno Smith was 3 weeks ago.