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Kansas State football: Ranking the 5 toughest games on the 2021 schedule

Sep 26, 2020; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Kansas State Wildcats running back Deuce Vaughn (22) runs past Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Brian Asamoah (24) during the second half at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 26, 2020; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Kansas State Wildcats running back Deuce Vaughn (22) runs past Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Brian Asamoah (24) during the second half at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 7, 2020; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Dezmon Jackson (27) is tackled by Kansas State Wildcats defensive tackle Robert Hentz II (L) and linebacker Elijah Sullivan (0) during a game at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 7, 2020; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Dezmon Jackson (27) is tackled by Kansas State Wildcats defensive tackle Robert Hentz II (L) and linebacker Elijah Sullivan (0) during a game at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 4: Kansas State football at Oklahoma State Cowboys

The Oklahoma State Cowboys fielded a very solid team a season ago that came close on multiple occasions to breaking through and having a truly special year. It’s also worth noting that Oklahoma State also came close on multiple occasions to losing games it shouldn’t, which would have made things uncomfortable for Mike Gundy and company.

But, the Oklahoma State Cowboys finished the year at 8-3 and third in the Big 12, which makes for a pretty good year, all things considered.

That said, it’s clear that Gundy and company obviously have higher aspirations than just third in the Big 12 and this could be the season that they finally break through once again. For that to happen, Oklahoma State’s offense has to improve from what it was a season ago and be consistent.

It remains to be seen if that will actually happen, but Oklahoma State could be very dangerous if it does.

And unfortunately for Kansas State, this contest is on the road. The Wildcats were able to stymie Gundy’s offense, holding the Cowboys to just 20 points last season, but that was enough for Oklahoma State to get a 20-18 win over Kansas State.

The Wildcats will almost certainly need to find a way to score some points to keep up with the Cowboys.