Preview: Okie State next for Kansas State

Preview: Okie State next for Kansas State

MANHATTAN, Kan. - If one looks at the numbers, there are plenty of reasons why Kansas State has elevated its game to be the best in the Big 12 Conference heading into Saturday's play against Oklahoma State.

Eight games, eight wins.

That's Kansas State's 2012 story to date heading into Saturday's 7 p.m. kickoff against Oklahoma State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium with a Big 12 title on the line and with a No. 2 Bowl Championship Series standing to play up to.

But that's fan talk, not chatter that coach Bill Snyder wants to hear.

"If that is what we are thinking about, we are getting ahead of ourselves," said the Wildcat coach. "I do not know how many times I have to say it, but we are thinking about our practice this afternoon. I say that with all sincerity. If there is anything else on my mind, on the coaches' and players' minds, we are setting ourselves up."

There's every reason to believe that K-State will march on with these being eight of them. Eight reasons why the Wildcats are 8-0 and have won conference games by 5, 40, 6, 41 and 31 points, and non-conference games by margins of 42, 39 and 14 points.

Eight wins with three on the road; eight wins with four over teams ranked in the Top 25 in the nation. Here are eight reasons why the Wildcats have been so successful.

1) K-State has committed a league-low 29 penalties for just 29.1 yards per game. By comparison, TCU has been flagged 61 times for 71 yards per game.

2) K-State has a plus-15 turnover margin, which is nine better than any other team. In Big 12 games only, the Wildcats have rushed the ball 208 times without a fumble, and Collin Klein has passed the ball 106 times without an interception. That's zero … zero … offensive turnovers in five Big 12 games.

3) K-State has won its collective fourth quarters this year 118-42.

4) K-State has Big 12 defenders all over the field with 15 scoring at least one tackle for a loss, eight having quarterback sacks, four with interceptions, eight with fumble recoveries, nine with forced fumbles and 11 with at least one pass broken up.

5) K-State has averaged 44.4 points to lead the Big 12 and scored at least 50 points five times. By comparison, Kansas is averaging 17.2 points. K-State has scored an astonishing 18 times in the last eight quarters.

6) K-State is allowing just 17.1 points to lead the Big 12 and has allowed over 21 points just once. By comparison, Baylor is allowing 42.7 points per game. While the Wildcats have 46 plays of at least 20 yards, the "D" has allowed 20-yard plays just 14 times. Only six of those have come in conference action.

7) Collin Klein is playing for the Heisman Trophy, but don't even think about calling him selfish. Yes, Klein has rushed for 16 touchdowns to lead the league, but his buddy John Hubert has 10 scores to rank third in the league.

8) In five Big 12 games, K-State has gone three-and-out just seven times in 20 quarters.

Oh, just for good measure, K-State leads the Big 12 in scoring offense, scoring defense, passing efficiency, punt return average, field goals, sacks, third-down conversions, fourth-down conversions and turnover-margin, plus is second in Red Zone defense, fewest penalties, sacks allowed, rushing defense and rushing offense.

All reasons that the Wildcats are 8-0 and ranked No. 2 in the BCS Poll.

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