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Special teams coach Kent Riddle better have his boys ready to play this weekend against a Kansas State team who has some eye popping special teams numbers:

-The Cats lead the nation in blocked punts with four, all of which have been returned for touchdowns.

-Including two blocked extra-points, K-State's overall total of six blocks leads the country.

-Of the 10 punt returns for TDs in the Big 12 (including blocked punts), Kansas State has five.

-The Wildcats are third in the nation in kickoff return defense, allowing just 16.2 yards per return.

-K-State's 15 touchbacks by Brooks Rossman ranks 10th in the country.

Neil Woelk of the Daily Camera still likes the long term payout of the Colorado Buffaloes and Dan Hawkins. I agree with Woelk on his four year barometer that he mentions in the article. The only problem with assessing Hawkins next year is the Buffs still don't have a viable option at quarterback.

Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman has been mopping up the accolades after last week's performance against Texas A&M. A comparison to Tim Tebow and the USA Today Player of the Week...not a bad day of work for Freeman. The Kansas State quaterback is on a Tim Tebow-like pace to reach 20 passing touchdowns and 20 rushing touchdowns.

A good piece on Big 12 Group Therapy by our friends over at Bring on the Cats. Gotta love the shot taken at Nebraska.

CU has the second highest athlete graduation rate in the Big 12 behind Baylor at 81% which is 3% higher than the national average. In just football, Colorado is fourth in the Big 12 with a 75% graduation rate, 8% above the national football average. And just an FYI, Oklahoma has a 46% graduation success rate for its football team, worst in the Big 12. The Buffs aren't any better in basketball (thanks Ricardo Patton) only notching a 36% graduation rate. From the Chigaco Tribune, college athletes are earning degrees at record rates, according to a NCAA report released Tuesday, and at higher percentages than the overall student body. But there are always some schools that put up some shockingly low graduation numbers.

The poorest performer among the nation's six power conferences was Maryland, which had a 10 percent grad rate in men's basketball after posting a zero last year.