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BAYLOR (4-5, 1-5) vs. 2/2/1 KANSAS STATE (10-0, 7-0)
Nov. 17, 2012 | 7 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000)
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Opponent: Kansas State Wildcats
Official Website: KStateSports.com; KState's Preview
2012 Roster: Here; Game Notes (including depth chart): Here
Last Game: 23-10 win over TCU
2011 Matchup: 36-35 KSU win
SB Nation Blog: Bring On the Cats
Baylor Bears vs. Kansas State Wildcats Game Page
|2012 KANSAS STATE WILDCATS SCHEDULE|
|Sat, Sept 1||1-0 (0-0)|
|Sat, Sept 8||2-0 (0-0)|
|Sat, Sept 15||3-0 (0-0)|
|Sat, Sept 22||4-0 (1-0)|
|Sat, Oct 6||5-0 (2-0)|
|Sat, Oct 13||6-0 (3-0)|
|Sat, Oct 20||7-0 (4-0)|
|Sat, Oct 27||8-0 (5-0)|
|Sat, Nov 3||9-0 (6-0)|
|Sat, Nov 10||10-0 (7-0)|
|Sat, Nov 17||8:00 PM ET||Tickets|
|Sat, Dec 1||TBD||Tickets|
We thought our season peaked last week and now have the #1-ranked Wildcats coming to town. Last week's game turned out better than I expected, to be honest, and I have a weird calm about this game that I can't really explain. Kansas State is, by almost any measure, the best team we've faced this season, but I feel better about this game than I did going to Norman. Part of it is that we're at home, and part is that I'm probably underrating the Wildcats. I have that tendency with Bill Snyder teams. Regardless, I know our coaching staff isn't and couldn't possibly be taking the Wildcats lightly, and whether we come out motivated shouldn't be a question.
Kansas State is undefeated for a reason: they're really good. Our recently resurgent rushing offense that went for 252 against Oklahoma will have its hands full; few teams in the country stop the run better than Snyder's bunch. Our defense will have similar problems stopping Collin Klein from gashing them to death. Considering Blake Bell's constant success against us, I'd say that's the biggest possible key to this game. Baylor has to figure something, anything, out with the defensive front seven to at least limit the Wildcats' running game.
As you can see, Kansas State isn't just good at one thing, they're good at most things. They don't turn the ball over, run almost exclusively, and stop the run nearly as well. We'll take a closer look at all this later in the week-- earlier this time, I promise.
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FEI S&P+SB Nation's Kansas State 2012 Preview
Football Study Hall's 2011 Statistical Review