Oklahoma State advanced to 4-0 for the 2021 season following a home win against then-No. 25 Kansas State and is reaping the Sunday benefits.
The Cowboys entered the AP rankings at No. 19 for the first time this season following the win. OSU scored 31 first-half points, which proved to be all it would need to beat Kansas State 31-20. The Cowboys were home favorites despite facing a ranked opponent and it will look to do the same in week five.
This is now the 14th-straight season that Oklahoma State has made an appearance in the AP rankings. The last time the Cowboys completed a season without being ranked at least once was in 2007.
Oklahoma State faces Baylor in Boone Pickens Stadium this coming Saturday. The Bears also made their first appearance in the AP rankings this week at No. 21 after upsetting then-No. 14 Iowa State in Waco, Texas. Baylor dealt the Cyclones their second loss of the season, and voters dropped ISU out of the rankings; they sit as the de-facto No. 32 team in the nation by votes.
Other than Oklahoma State and Baylor, the only other ranked Big 12 member is Oklahoma at No. 6. The Sooners dropped two spots after a narrow home win against unranked West Virginia, who is now receiving no votes after dropping to 2-2. Texas sits just outside the top 25, receiving the 26th-most votes after thrashing Texas Tech 70-35. Kansas State received the 38th-most votes after the loss in Stillwater.
Two future conference mates are also in the rankings. Cincinnati moved up a spot to No. 7 while BYU moved up two spots to No. 13. Those two would currently rank second and third in the Big 12 with Cincinnati just behind the soon-to-leave Sooners.
In other notable news, Texas A&M dropped to No. 15 after losing to Arkansas and Clemson dropped to No. 25 after losing to NC State in double overtime. You can view the full AP poll here.
Here’s a better look at where things stand:
4. Penn State
9. Notre Dame
19. Oklahoma State
32. Iowa State
38. Kansas State