Oklahoma State and Stanford share an identical 31-7 record over the last three seasons. But that's not the only similarity between these two programs that have risen to national prominence in recent years. Here is a look at some of the key ingredients they share:
Elite quarterbacks become elite coaches
Mike Gundy and former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh were known as big-time quarterbacks, but not big-time coaches when they were hired.
Gundy was the offensive coordinator under Les Miles but had never been a head coach when he took over in 2005. Harbaugh was the head coach at the University of San Diego, an FCS school, when he went to Stanford in 2007.
Both hires could have been considered risks but paid off in a huge way.
Harbaugh moved on to coach the San Francisco 49ers this season. But Gundy also shares a connection with new Stanford coach David Shaw, who was the Cardinal's offensive coordinator under Harbaugh.
The roads Andrew Luck and Brandon Weeden took to Stanford and OSU, respectively, were quite different, as Luck was a highly rated recruit out of Houston, while Weeden walked on to OSU after an unsuccessful minor league baseball career.
But both players have had a gigantic impact on their respective schools.
Luck finished second in back-to-back Heisman races and is projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in this April's NFL Draft. Weeden will leave OSU as the school's all-time leading passer and also has an NFL future.
Their pure skill and leadership qualities helped transform Stanford and OSU into elite offensive programs, and made those schools a destination for future quarterbacks.
Fancy facilities lure recruits and energize fan bases, and OSU and Stanford both finished overhauling their football home in the past five years.
Boone Pickens made his record donation of $165 million in 2005, which allowed OSU to upgrade the stadium as well as the locker room, weight room, sports medicine center, football offices and meeting rooms as part of the west end zone project. The new Boone Pickens Stadium was completed in 2009.
Stanford Stadium underwent a $100 million renovation that was completed in 2006, which upgraded facilities like bathrooms and concession stands and reduced capacity from more than 90,000 to 50,000 to bring fans closer to the action. The design was modeled after Oregon's Autzen Stadium, which is regarded as one of the rowdiest stadiums in the nation.
Both schools captured a stunning victory that provided hope for the program's future.
For OSU, it's 16-13. Though the Cowboys' win at Oklahoma in 2001 came under Miles, not Gundy, it piqued Pickens' interest and revitalized the fan base.
For Stanford, it's 24-23. The Cardinal's 2007 victory at No. 1 USC is statistically the biggest upset in college football history. It took three more seasons before Stanford reached a BCS bowl, but Harbaugh's squad shocked the nation in his first year.