Even though then-No. 2 USC was upset Saturday, and subsequently tumbled out of the top 10, OU was leapfrogged by Florida State in both the AP and coaches' polls.
In the latter poll, the Sooners — on a bye this week — were also overtaken by Georgia and dropped to No. 6.
Could a heavy dose of Kansas State again be the antidote to Oklahoma's perception problem? Any win over the No. 15 Wildcats would be great for OU, but a dominant one — like in 2011, when OU scored the game's final 44 points and pitched a second-half shutout — would do wonders.
“We respected them last year; we respect them every year,” said senior defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland. “We know they have major talent at
quarterback and with their line. They can get some plays on our defense. We have to be prepared for it.”