STILLWATER — We’ve seen the scenario before between Oklahoma State and Kansas State. One team on the cusp of a BCS Championship berth and the other coming in as a top 25 opponent attempting to pull the upset.
Except this time, the roles will be reversed. Saturday it will be Oklahoma State, ranked 24th in the recent BCS rankings, going on the road against Kansas State, who is ranked second in the BCS.
“I don’t think it’s a mystery to anyone that the team we are playing is very good and very deserving of their national ranking,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “... They’re sound and have only given up 17 points per game. They’re the third team in a row that we’ve played that’s given up 17 points per game. ...
“This will be a good challenge to face a team averaging 45 points a game. We’ll find out if we’ve gotten anywhere near where we need to be.”
While a lot of the focus around Kansas State is their BCS championship chances, Oklahoma State still has BCS aspirations still alive as well. The Cowboys, like K-State, control their own destiny for the rest of the season. The winner of this game will be in the driver seat to become Big 12 champions – and receive the automatic berth to the BCS Fiesta Bowl.
“We take it pretty much one game at a time. The biggest game is always the next game, so we’re preparing for Kansas State as the biggest game so far this year,” OSU cornerback Justin Gilbert said.
Obviously the biggest difference for OSU heading into this year’s matchup with the Wildcats is at the quarterback position. Instead of a first-round draft pick like Brandon Weeden, taking snaps for the Cowboys will be true freshman Wes Lunt in his second game back from a knee injury.