Last week, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy assured that the Cowboys will not play or coach under pressure, despite the growing attention surrounding the program.
But with OSU ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings for the second consecutive week and the pool of legitimate national title contenders shrinking, Gundy said he expects it to become more difficult each week to completely tune out the outside pressure.
“My honest opinion is if anybody says that there's not more pressure put on them as the season progresses, I'd like to know how they avoid it,” Gundy said.
K-STATE OFFENSE RARE IN BIG 12
Ten years ago, Kansas State huddling before every offensive play would not have been anything out of the ordinary.
But in the pass-happy, fast-paced style of the Big 12 in 2011, K-State's offensive philosophy that relies on running the football and chewing up clock is now unique.
That will present a new challenge for the Pokes' defense.
“It's going to be totally different than any football team we've seen this year,” OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young said. “Almost everybody we've played has been a fast-paced, up-tempo, no-huddle, spread-the-field (offense) that relies almost solely on their passing game and just dabbles in the run.
“They're going to huddle up, they're going to eat every second off the clock and they're going to run the football until you get a stop. Then, they'll pass when they have to.”
Texas is the only other team OSU has faced this season that huddles before each offensive play. Not surprisingly, UT and K-State rank first and second, respectively, in the Big 12 in time of possession.
BILL SNYDER: COVERAGE MUST IMPROVE
The K-State defense surrendered 505 passing yards last week against OU — a school record for the Sooners — and will face another high-powered passing attack when it visits Stillwater on Saturday.
Wildcat coach Bill Snyder attributed most of those yards to poor coverage.
“We played OK up front,” Snyder told the Wichita Eagle. “The biggest difficulty was in our second-and third-level defense, which was not as good as you like.”