Klein's arm keeping up with his running ability


Klein's arm keeping up with his running ability

Collin Klein's running ability was a known commodity entering this season.

The Kansas State quarterback showed once again in Saturday's 55-14 win over West Virginia that he also has evolved into one of the top passers in the country. Klein, in a head-to-head matchup with Mountaineers Heisman Trophy hopeful Geno Smith, was 19 of 21 passing for a career-high 323 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

The unheralded senior was 77th in the country last season with a passing efficiency rating of 125.6. He completed 57.3 percent of his passes and threw just 13 touchdowns along with six interceptions.

Following Saturday's performance, which boosted Klein's Heisman chances, he's now second in the country behind Alabama's A.J. McCarron with a passing efficiency rating of 175.8. He's thrown 10 touchdowns and just two interceptions this season while completing 70.5 percent of his passes.

Klein had plenty of help against West Virginia. That included a 194-yard receiving effort from sophomore Tyler Lockett, whose performance was the best in the country last week.

The spotlight, however, was squarely on Klein's shoulders - and his right arm.

TUNED UP: Klein's emergence as a legitimate passing threat this season hasn't come at the expense of his running game.

In fact, it's done nothing but enhance his ground game.

Klein had four rushing touchdowns Saturday, bringing his season total to 14. He's now rushed for 551 yards on 110 carries this season for an average of five yards per carry. That's an improvement from the 3.6 yards per carry he averaged last season - when he finished with 1,141 yards on the ground.

Klein is the seventh-highest rushing quarterback this season with an average of 78.7 yards per game on the ground. He's 63rd overall in rushing.

QUARTERBACK CONFERENCE: Another Big 12 quarterback leads the country in total offense.

Baylor's Nick Florence, who accounted for 421 yards of offense in a 56-50 loss to Texas on Saturday, tops the list with an average of 407.2 yards per game.

West Virginia' Smith, after being held to 128 total yards against Kansas State, is fifth with an average of 352.9 yards per game.

GROUNDED TIGERS: Passing the ball is great and all, but LSU is doing its best to win without an air attack this season.

The Tigers had 97 yards passing in their 24-19 win over Texas A&M on Saturday. They are now 109th out of 120 teams in passing offense, averaging 177.4 yards passing per game.

DON'T FORGET DEFENSE: Offense is the name of the game in college football these days, but the top four defenses in the country have a message they'd like to share with you.

Alabama (8.3 points allowed per game), Notre Dame (9.4), Rutgers (11.3) and Florida (12.1) are a combined 28-0 this season.

EXTRA POINTS: New Mexico's Kasey Carrier had the top rushing performance of the week, carrying the ball 39 times for 338 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-23 loss to Air Force ... Carrier's 138.3 yards rushing per game is now second to Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson, who is averaging 156 yards per game ... Alabama and Louisiana Tech are the only two teams to not throw an interception so far this season ... The three teams who lead the country in turnover margin - Mississippi State, Ohio and the Crimson Tide - are a combined 21-0.

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Ravens vs. Colts preseason: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

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Ravens vs. Colts preseason: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

After 10 days and two skirmish joint practices with the Colts, Ravens football is back.

The guys are in Indianapolis to take on the Colts in their third preseason game of the season. You can expect to see Lamar Jackson and RGIII getting more reps in, but it's unclear how much of Andrew Luck we'll see after he missed the entire 2017 season with a shoulder injury.

While the joint practices brought a few brawls, head coach John Harbaugh has been nothing but impressed with how his team has been handling training camp and the preseason thus far.

"I think about as good as [I’ve] ever seen,” Harbaugh said via the Ravens' website. “I’d have to say our best camp in terms of guys focused on improving every day and becoming one percent better at what they do from one day to the next and keep building on that. That’s what I’m proud of.”

Ahead of their matchup, here's everything you need to know to watch.

Ravens vs. Colts Preseason Game:

Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts 

What: Preseason Week 3

When: Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, 7:00 p.m. ET

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana 

TV Channel: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN

Radio: WBAL New Radio 1090 and 98Rock, ESPN Radio

Weather: 78 degrees, scattered thunderstorms

Preseason Schedule:

Hall of Fame Game: Thurs., 8/2 vs. Chicago Bears. 8:00 p.m. (W: 17-16) 

Week 1: Thurs., 8/9, vs. Los Angeles Rams, 7:30 p.m. (W: 33-7)

Week 2: Mon., 8/20, at Indianapolis Colts (Monday Night Football, ESPN), 7:00 p.m. 

Week 3: Sat., 8/25 at Miami Dolphins, 7:00 p.m.

Week 4: Thurs., 8/30 vs. Washington Redskins, 7:30 p.m.

Ravens 2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Week 1: Sun., 9/9 vs. Bills, 1:00 p.m.

Week 2: Thur., 9/13 @ Bengals, 8:20 p.m.

Week 3: Sun., 9/23 vs. Broncos. 1:00 p.m.

Week 4: Sun., 9/30 @ Steelers, 8:20 p.m.

Week 5: Sun., 10/7 @ Browns, 1:00 p.m.

Week 6: Sun., 10/14 @ Titans, 4:25 p.m.

Week 7: Sun., 10/21 vs. Saints, 4:05 p.m.

Week 8: Sun., 10/28 @ Panthers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 9: Sun., 11/4 vs. Steelers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 10:  BYE week

Week 11: Sun., 11/18 vs. Bengals, 1:00 p.m.

Week 12: Sun., 11/25 vs. Raiders, 1:00 p.m.

Week 13: Sun., 12/2 @ Falcons, 1:00 p.m.

Week 14: Sun., 12/9 @ Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.

Week 15: Sun., 12/16 vs. Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m.

Week 16: Sat., 12/22 or Sunday 12/23 @ Chargers, TBD

Week 17: Sun., 12/30 vs. Browns, 1:00 p.m.

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

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Heroes on the ice: Every Capitals player's superhero character

Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the Washington Capitals!

It's not hard to picture your favorite athletes as superheroes. What the Caps are able to do on the ice seems almost superhuman at times.

Heck, they even have uniforms!


But the similarities don't just end with the physical attributes and abilities. When you begin to really think about each player, you can see a lot of similarities between each of them and some well-known superheroes.

If each Caps player was a superhero, which one would they be? Check out each player's superhero character here.