Oklahoma State is back in the USA Today Coaches poll, coming in at No. 24 following its 36-14 victory over TCU at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Coach Mike Gundy said he was unaware of this when asked about it during his Sunday evening media teleconference, and added he doesn't “put anything into” re-entering one set of rankings.
“I'm just not a big fan of the polls,” he said. “I see teams that are in there that are in there because they've not played other teams. … That's just my opinion.
“Ultimately, the only thing that matters is where you end up. I just think it's got a lot of holes in it, and I don't know what we do to change it.”
The Cowboys are now 5-2 on the season and have won three straight Big 12 games. OSU's next contest, a road showdown at No. 2 Kansas State on Saturday night, begins a stretch of four consecutive games against ranked opponents for the Cowboys.
OSU is also ranked No. 24 in the latest BCS standings. The Cowboys are not ranked in The Associated Press poll, but did receive votes.
KANSAS STATE GAME TIME SET
OSU's Saturday contest at K-State will kick off at 7 p.m. and will be televised by ABC.
The Cowboys and Wildcats are the only two Big 12 teams that control their conference title destiny.
Last season, OSU and K-State played a thriller at Boone Pickens Stadium, a 52-45 victory for the Cowboys. Brandon Weeden set an OSU record with 502 passing yards, while the Cowboy defense made a stand inside the 10-yard line in the game's final seconds.
PLAYER TO SIMULATE COLLIN KLEIN STILL TBD
K-State quarterback Collin Klein, who is a threat as both a power runner and thrower, is difficult for any scout team to emulate, much less one that runs a spread offense that uses a pocket passer.
Gundy said the coaching staff hasn't yet decided which player will imitate Klein during practice this week.
“We'll try to do it the best we can,” Gundy said. “We don't have anybody like him. Not being sarcastic, but if you had a guy that was the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, you'd want him to be playing for the other team.”
DURABILITY KEY WHEN JEMAL SINGLETON RECRUITS RUNNING BACKS
Joseph Randle has become a workhorse running back for the Cowboys over the last four games, including Saturday against TCU, where he tallied a career-high 32 carries.
Running backs coach Jemal Singleton, who arrived at OSU in 2011, did not recruit Randle. But he continues to search for backs with that same durable quality when scouting high school players.
“When I'm out recruiting running backs, that's one of the first questions that I ask their coach — ‘How many games have they missed because of injury?'” Singleton said. “I don't know what it is, but some people bruise easier than others, whether it's circumstances or what.”