• When/where: 7 p.m. Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas
• TV/radio: ESPN; WHB (810 AM)
• The series: K-State leads 7-2
• The line: K-State by 13
What’s at stake
K-State, ranked second in the polls behind Oregon, is trying to stay on top of the BCS standings and earn a spot in the BCS National Championship Game with two more victories. Baylor is hoping to become bowl eligible with two more wins.
Cheers if …
K-State quarterback Collin Klein takes advantage of Baylor’s suspect defense early with a long touchdown pass. If the Wildcats can play with the lead, Baylor’s offense will become one-dimensional.
Jeers if …
Ty Zimmerman is unable to play. The junior safety has anchored K-State’s secondary with five interceptions and is one of the main reasons why it has been able to successfully run zone coverage. Zimmerman suffered a leg injury against TCU and coach Bill Snyder has not commented on Zimmerman’s status.
Three things about Baylor
1 The Bears have one of a strange offense/defense combination. By gaining 564 yards per game, they rank second nationally in offense. But by allowing more than 519 yards per game, they rank 120th nationally in defense. Their 70-63 loss at West Virginia is a good example of the way they play.
2 He doesn’t have the wins Heisman winner Robert Griffin III did, but Baylor quarterback Nick Florence has done a fine job. He leads the nation in total offense and has thrown for more than 300 yards in seven games.
3 Baylor’s rushing attack is underrated. Three different players topped 60 rushing yards last week against Baylor, and the Bears finished with 252 rushing yards in 51 attempts.
K-State’s offensive line vs. Baylor’s defensive line: Oklahoma State and TCU stayed competitive with K-State because they won the battle for the line of scrimmage and got pressure on Collin Klein. If the Wildcats can’t get a stronger push up front against Baylor, the Bears will benefit, too.
Kellis Robinett’s pick: K-State 55-35
Baylor has more than enough offense to hang with K-State, but not enough defense to win.
| Kellis Robinett, firstname.lastname@example.org