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Is Klein the nation's 'most valuable' player?

Colleague Todd McShay weighed in with his top 10 "most valuable" players in college football, which is exactly that.

Which players were most responsible for their team's success?

No. 1 should come as no surprise. It's Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein. Klein was the only Big 12 player on the list, but he's carried K-State to an undefeated season and grabbed a spot at the front of the pack in the Heisman race.

While K-State has excelled on defense and special teams, McShay notes -- I did on Saturday night as well -- that we got a scary, scary glimpse of what Kansas State would look like without its physical and emotional leader.

From my Saturday column:

With Heisman front-runner Collin Klein in the lineup, Kansas State racked up 38 points in just more than 35 minutes in its 44-30 win over Oklahoma State on Saturday night.

With Klein on the sideline and his helmet nowhere in sight after suffering an apparent head injury, the K-State offense managed just six points over the game's final 25 minutes.

That tells you plenty about what Klein brought to the table. Like coach Bill Snyder, I expect Klein to be available on Saturday against TCU, but I'm not sure K-State fans want to find out much longer what their team is like without Klein.

No question from me: Klein deserves the No. 1 spot. Dual-threat quarterbacks tend to have an edge in this area, but Klein more so than most players I can remember in recent history who played his style.

What do you think?