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Kansas State will value possession time against Baylor, but is possession time an important statistic in today’s game?

Earlier this week, Kansas State center B.J. Finney was asked about Baylor’s jaw-dropping offense. As an offensive lineman, he has spent most of his time leading up to Saturday’s game against the Bears studying their defense, but he had an answer prepared anyway.

“Time of possession,”Finney said. “The way you halt that is keeping that offense off the field. That is a big gameplan, as it always is, for us, to control the clock and control the tempo. We can’t let that slip away from us.”

Finney’s response wasn’t surprising. K-State coach Bill Snyder loves to win the time-of-possession statistic. When the Wildcats run the ball effectively and control the clock, he likes their chances.

But it’s worth pointing out that Baylor ranks 110th nationally in possession time, holding the ball for an average of 27 minutes, 12 seconds a game. It loses the possession battle weekly, yet wins games so easily that starters come out in the third quarter. The Bears are averaging 70.5 points and 779.5 yards.
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