MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Kansas State is ranked No. 4 in the polls and No. 3 in the Bowl Championship Series standings.
The Wildcats were predicted to finish sixth in the Big 12 Conference standings in the coaches' preseason poll in July.
Texas Tech is No. 15 in the media poll and No. 17 in the coaches' poll and No. 13 in the BCS. The Red Raiders were picked ninth in July's preseason poll.
The two teams meet in Manhattan, Kan., on Saturday in an unexpected clash for a top spot in the conference. Both Kansas State (7-0, 4-0) and Texas Tech (6-1, 3-1) have had the league's offensive and defensive players of the week the past two weeks - both times coming after wins against West Virginia.
"I'm not one to put any limitations on them," Wildcats Coach Bill Snyder said. "I'm not very good at being able to predict what level of success we may or may not have, but I thought we'd be a pretty good football team. How good remains to be seen."
Both teams have a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback. Kansas State's Collin Klein had seven touchdowns against WVU. His three scores and 323 yards passing were career-high marks. He now has the NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in two seasons (41) and helped the Wildcats to 55 points, most ever on the road against a ranked team.
Texas Tech's Seth Doege ranks No. 8 nationally in passing yards per game (315.6), No. 5 in pass efficiency and No. 13 in total offense per game (318.6). He, too, is coming off a seven-touchdown game with each coming through the air in a three-overtime win at TCU. Doege, who had six touchdown passes against WVU, leads the nation with 28.
"We have more depth on both sides of the ball and we have a senior quarterback who can really play," Coach Tommy Tuberville said. "He's pretty special. We didn't play very good defensively and TCU took it to us. We didn't stop the run, we didn't stop the pass, but he throws seven touchdowns. We knew going into the season that if we could keep him healthy we could be successful."
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OKLAHOMA (5-1, 3-1) is No. 7 in the coaches' poll and No. 8 in the media poll and the BCS. The Sooners have a chance to jump LSU (7-1), which is No. 6 in all three rankings, as the top one-loss team when they play host to Notre Dame Saturday.
The Fighting Irish (7-0) are No. 5 in all three rankings while Oklahoma is still haunted by the two turnovers in September's home loss to Kansas State. The first came on its own goal line and was recovered and returned for a touchdown. The second came near Kansas State's end zone, prevented a Sooners touchdown, led to a Wildcats field goal and shaped the 24-19 loss.
"What people failed to realize was we played a heck of a game against them the entire time, but we made two major mistakes we couldn't overcome," Coach Bob Stoops said. "But as far as being tough and physical, we were toe to toe with them the entire day.
"We dropped one ball on the snap on a second-and-half-a-yard on our way to a score. That's what gave me confidence moving forward.
"I knew we were a good team and we weren't going to fumble the football ever week. We haven't done that and you've seen what we've been able to do."
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