Sep 8, 2012; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein (7) runs the ball during first-half action against the Miami Hurricanes at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-US PRESSWIRE

Kansas State Vs. North Texas: Wildcats Continue Undefeated Streak

Collin Klein and the Kansas State Wildcats welcome the North Texas Mean Green on Saturday, looking to continue to build their high-flying offense against another relatively easy opponent.

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Heisman Trophy Watch: Kansas State's Collin Klein Continues To Garner National Attention

The Kansas State Wildcats are locked within the top 15 or 20 college football teams in the nation no matter which rankings you want to use. The same was true last season under head coach Bill Snyder as well. So it's not surprising to see some of their players gaining recognition with more and more time in the spotlight as a recognized program. Collin Klein is taking advantage as the Wildcats' quarterback and is earning some rave reviews for his position -- including some potential Heisman Trophy consideration.

The Heisman celebrates the top player in college football, so it's an honor to even be considered for the award. Klein is finding his name on early Heisman candidate rankings this season, and the latest is found at CBS Sports where Chris Huston has him at No. 6 overall despite a subpar week against North Texas:

There's something about Klein that makes him an appealing candidate. A friend of mine commented on the oddity of his throwing motion during Saturday's 35-21 K-State win over North Texas, but he was forced to admit that he still gets the job done. No other player in college football seems to succeed by the same kind of sheer will that Klein does.

On the season he is completing 73% of his passes--a huge improvement over last year--with 609 yards and five touchdowns, to go with 210 rushing yards and four scores. He's on pace to have 2,436 passing yards, 840 rushing yards and 36 total touchdowns. He'll have to improve those numbers quite a bit, but I think he's likely to do so as he gets into a groove against more able competition.

A hard-nosed leader on an underdog team, Klein has a chance to become the sentimental favorite for the award as the season wears on.

For more on Kansas State, check out Bring On The Cats for analysis and discussion.

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College Football Rankings: Kansas State Needs Oklahoma Victory To Gain National Respect

Another week, another win for Bil Snyder's Kansas State Wildcats. However, it's also clear that the national media like K-State enough to rank them but not nearly enough to consider them a real shot at the national title. The Wildcats are 3-0 after another victory this week -- this time over North Texas -- but K-State remains a team that is largely considered a group of overachievers. In short, they need a statement win.

The good news is that they will get their chance this Saturday against the Oklahoma Sooners. Bob Stoops has his team at No. 6 in the country and they are also the top ranked Big 12 program in the latest AP Top 25. The SEC has three teams in the top five, so it's clear where the most respect is at on a national scale, but the Big 12 is deep and very, very good and a strong showing against the team will definitely sound the alarms for Kansas State's viability as a title hopeful.

Of course, the Wildcats cannot come out as flat against the Sooners as they did against North Texas. If they do, then they don't stand a chance anyway. However, Snyder knows what is at stake this week as well as anyone and the storied coach will have his players ready to play and disciplined from the outset.

Even after the North Texas game, players like Tyler Lockett were already speaking out about the big game ahead, so perhaps K-State was a bit too anxious and looking up-field, metaphorically speaking, against North Texas to look sharp. If so, then that only builds the momentum toward next week's Big 12 showdown.

If K-State has a decent showing in a loss, then expect the Wildcats to continue to bounce from No. 10 to 25 for the rest of the season depending on how it plays out. But if they really want to crack the BCS party and warrant some national attention, the Sooners will have to put one in the loss column next Saturday.

For more on Kansas State, check out Bring On The Cats for analysis and discussion.

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College Football Rankings: Oklahoma, West Virginia Top Big 12 Teams In AP Top 25

The Kansas State Wildcats stay at No. 15 in the latest AP Top 25.

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