“It can happen,” Stoops said. “You just don't know. Whether it's injuries, judgment calls go a certain way. You just don't know what's going to happen.”
Of course, if the Sooners don't win out, they won't care what K-State does.
OU defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland said “I got so much going on with school and our team and our football, if it happens, it happens. Nothing else we can do to kind of help that. Right now just sit back and see how the cards play out.”
But McFarland said point out that while K-State is the flavor of the month, it wasn't always so.
“They're a great opponent,” he said. “I'm not going to say that no one's on the same level. They were saying the same thing about West Virginia at the beginning of the year. Every team has their ups and their downs.”
Of course, the body of evidence that K-State is a legit power is much stronger than the evidence that suggested the same about West Virginia a month ago.
And the Sooners have only four opportunities for the Wildcats to lose twice. After Saturday, KSU finishes the season with road games at TCU and Baylor, then home against Texas.
“I don't look at it as a helpless feeling,” Stoops said. “Our job is just do what we can do. Work hard, play as well as we can this week.”
And get home, flip on ABC and pray that the pistols are firing.
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