Midseason report: Kansas State


Record: 6-0, 3-0 Big 12.

They tried to tell you, but nobody seemed to be listening. Kansas State's doing all its talking on the field this season. Through the first half of the season, they're perfect -- the only Big 12 team that can make that claim -- and have already done what no team has ever done before: Beat a Bob Stoops-coached Oklahoma team in Norman as a ranked team. That's the best win of any team in the Big 12 this season, and one of the best wins of any team in the country.

Through six weeks, Kansas State sits at No. 4 in the BCS rankings, and Collin Klein is within striking distance of the Heisman Trophy. He'll get a big chance to get his paws on it with a showdown on Saturday in Morgantown against West Virginia.

The Wildcats looked sluggish early on in wins against North Texas and Missouri State, but a 39-point win against a decent Miami team is one of the best wins for a Big 12 team in nonconference play, too. The Wildcats offensive and defensive lines are as good as any in the Big 12, and winning those battles along the line of scrimmage are paying off in the win column. The line is where it all starts for the Wildcats, an old-school team in a league full of new-school offenses.

Offensive MVP: Collin Klein, QB. Klein is back to his old ways and looking better than ever. He's tough as ever, but a better passer than he was a year ago and easily stakes his claim as the Big 12's best dual-threat quarterback. He has completed 66.9 percent (79-of-118) of his passes for seven touchdowns and just two interceptions, the second fewest in the Big 12. He's also rushed for 515 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 5.26 yards a carry, up from 3.60 a year ago. No player in the Big 12 means more to his team.

Defensive MVP: Arthur Brown, LB. Brown is still in the mix for the Big 12's Defensive Player of the Year race, and he's been outstanding this season. He's eighth in the Big 12 with 47 tackles and has four tackles for loss with one sack. He's also broken up three passes. Last year was his breakout season, but he's been just about as good this season. He's still the same speedy, sure tackler that anchored this defense a year ago.