Collin Klein himself has admitted the number of hours he spends in the training facilities at Kansas State are ridiculous.
“More time than I’d probably like to (be there),” he joked after the Wildcats’ victory over Texas A&M.
The toughest quarterback in college football has been through a lot this season, especially in recent weeks, and I’m not just talking about end zones.
After K-State beat Texas 17-13 on Saturday, Bill Snyder revealed that Klein has not practiced in two weeks. While that is probably concerning to Wildcat fans regarding how healthy their main man is, it makes what he has done the last two weeks even more impressive. Additionally, it means that a bye week will be a welcome one to Snyder and his team.
The 9-2 Wildcats will have a few extra days to prepare for Iowa State, who knocked off No. 2 Oklahoma State on overtime last Friday. The Cyclones take on Oklahoma this weekend.
But getting healthy isn’t the only benefit of the bye for Kansas State. As I see it, it is just one of three.
Another one is the opportunity for the Wildcats to put all of the swirling postseason talk out of their minds. With the BCS top 10 in utter chaos, scenarios into how K-State would earn a BCS bowl, Cotton Bowl or share of a Big 12 title are spreading the Little Apple faster than a junior high romance rumor.
With the BCS top 10 in utter chaos, scenarios into how K-State would earn a BCS bowl, Cotton Bowl or share of a Big 12 title are spreading through the Little Apple faster than a junior high romance rumor.
Not only can these topics be detrimental to a team’s focus, but they don’t even matter yet. K-State can not do anything to help its cause other than defeat Iowa State. All other games will play themselves out, and when everything is over we will see what’s left.
Lastly, contrary to the belief of some of the more optimistic K-Staters, this team is not perfect. There are still lots of things it can and needs to improve on, as Snyder was very quick to point out after Saturday’s victory. He heavily criticized the offense for their execution and blocking ability. With an extra week off, I’d say it is safe to expect some changes to be made along that front before December 3.
The secondary still isn’t stellar either, and with an underrated quarterback visiting from Ames, taking the bonus time seriously would be wise.
To summarize, now is the perfect time for a football-free Saturday. Well, Wildcat football at least. I can assure you I’ll be fastened to me TV this weekend as more and more BCS story lines unfold. College football in November is almost as good as college basketball in March.
Heck, put Frank Martin on the sidelines and it might be there.