Kansas State may have remained undefeated through nine games, but at what cost?
The Wildcats (9-0, 6-0) held a comfortable lead for most of their game against Oklahoma State (5-3, 3-2), and they would eventually earn a 44-30 win. That's the good news.
The bad news is that Collin Klein left the game with an injury, and he didn't return. Klein was widely considered the Heisman front-runner coming into the game and played well while he was on the field Saturday night.
It's not certain what type of injury Klein may have suffered, but Kansas State only put up six points once he left the game. He did appear to be in good spirits on the sideline, but Wildcat fans probably won't feel much better until they see him back on the field. With a road trip to TCU looming, Kansas State may need Klein in order to keep the undefeated season going.
The Horned Frogs (6-3, 3-3) got an exciting win over West Virginia (5-3, 2-3) in Morgantown this week. It looked as though the Mountaineers, who desperately needed a win, had the game won with a seven-point lead and TCU pinned inside its own ten yard line with less than two minutes remaining. But, the defense that had finally put together a pretty good performance had a breakdown in coverage, and the Horned Frogs scored on a 94-yard pass.
The game would then go to double overtime, where a two-point conversion pass was ruled complete after a review, sending TCU home with a 39-38 win.
This West Virginia team was thinking National Championship a month ago. Now, after the program's first three-game losing streak in eight years, WVU's just looking for a win. The Mountaineers have a road game against Oklahoma State up next, then a home game against Oklahoma, so that win isn't going to come easy. TCU became bowl eligible with the victory.
Oklahoma (6-2, 4-1) also became bowl eligible on Saturday, but that was never really in doubt. The Sooners were coming of their second home loss of the season, but Landry Jones threw four touchdowns against Iowa State (5-4, 2-4) to get the team back on track.
This game was close at the half, but Oklahoma built up a 22-point lead in the fourth quarter before coming away with a 35-20 win.
With Kansas State winning week in and week out, the hope of a Big 12 title is diminishing for Oklahoma. A 10-2 Big 12 team has a good shot at an at-large BCS bowl, though, so the Sooners could be looking at that fate if they can win out. As for the Cyclones, they'll try to upset Texas next week to get their sixth win.
The Longhorns (7-2, 4-2) were going through a rough stretch coming into week ten. After a two-game losing streak, they just got by Baylor and Kansas. Texas Tech (6-3, 3-3) had been playing pretty well, so the game in Lubbock looked like it should favor the Red Raiders. Texas had other plans.
Texas Tech never held a lead in the game, though it was just a two-point game in the fourth quarter. Yet, Texas would get a touchdown to extend its lead to the 31-22 final. Now, this Texas team that seemed to be struggling so badly is on a three-game winning streak with two straight home games coming up. The Red Raiders get the benefit of playing Kansas at home next week, so they should be able to avoid a losing streak.
In the battle of the winless teams this weekend, it was Kansas (1-8, 0-6) that came away...winless. The Jayhawks took on Baylor (4-4, 1-4) looking to get their first win, but the game wasn't even close. Granted, at halftime, the Baylor lead was just six, but the final score would end up being 41-14.
Baylor may not have had a win coming into the game, but the Bears have been close, and they've been playing better than the Jayhawks for most of the season. This game just proved what was already known- Kansas is by far the worst team in this conference this season. The Jayhawks will get three more shots at earning a conference win, but two of those games are on the road, so it's going to be tough.
Kansas State is on the other end of the spectrum. The Wildcats have just three games between them and an undefeated season. Two of those games are also on the road, but that hasn't mattered so far this season.
With Collin Klein, this team is one of the best in the country. The question now is the health of Klein.