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High (After)Noon Highlights(11/18): Oklahoma State moves up in AP Poll

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Cowboys stay in top-25 in AP Poll:

After a 31-13 win against Kansas on Saturday, the Cowboys are No.22 in the latest AP Poll. This is a good surprise as it looked pretty bleak for the Cowboys for awhile.

STILLWATER – The Oklahoma State football team moved up in both polls Sunday as it was voted No. 22 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 23 in the USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll. Oklahoma State was ranked at No. 25 in last week’s AP Poll and was just one spot out of the Coaches Poll.

This marks the third time head coach Mike Gundy and the Cowboys (7-3; 4-3 Big 12) have been ranked this season, and the first time Oklahoma State has made the rankings in consecutive weeks this season {}

Kolby Harvell-Peel’s study time is paying off:

In the past few games, Kolby Harvell-Peel has been lights out. He’s getting turnovers and getting some pass break ups. It’s been a welcomed development for a defense that has stuggled to get turnovers this year. The Oklahoman wrote about how defensive coordinator Jim Knowles says it all in the studying of the playbook,

“Kolby studies the game,” Knowles said. “When I got here, I didn’t know him. I wasn’t part of his recruitment. But you could tell right away how he studies the game.

“He has a great understanding of the whole defense.”

Harvell-Peel has been a key piece of the Cowboy defense since earning a starting job as a true freshman last fall, and will continue to be when No. 23-ranked OSU visits West Virginia at 11 a.m. Saturday.

In the last three games, Harvell-Peel has 17 tackles, four interceptions, eight pass breakups and a fumble recovery. {The Oklahoman}

Oklahoma State is a non-playoff team we need to be talking about:

Bill Connelly wrote an interesting piece about some teams that aren’t in the college football playoff that people need to be talking about. Oklahoma State was include and he makes some good points.

OSU needed some late-year heroics just to reach a bowl last fall and stood at just 4-3 with star receiver Tylan Wallace out for the season with a knee injury. But just as things were looking listless again this season, the Cowboys rebounded with wins over both Iowa State and TCU, and now they get games against Kansas and WVU before a visit from Oklahoma. Quarterback Spencer Sanders looked brilliant in those two wins, and the defense is making plays. Look out for the Pokes {ESPN}

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