Oklahoma State opened as a double-digit favorite for the team’s Nov. 18 home game against Kansas State. By the third quarter, the Cowboys found themselves trailing the Wildcats 42-13.
And despite a near-improbable comeback, that was how Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State lost their third game of the season, 45-40. All three have come at home at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla.
With preseason national title hopes now diminished to likely a second consecutive Valero Alamo Bowl appearance, the Cowboys are sitting atop USA Today’s College Football Misery Index on Sunday.
USA Today’s Dan Wolken questioned how the Cowboys managed to fall behind 29 points to Bill Snyder’s Wildcats and said the loss could give more reason for Gundy to “talk to other schools” if he has indeed hit the ceiling in Stillwater.
“That was a bad look for Oklahoma State, and you wonder if Gundy will at least be tempted to talk to other schools this year given the constant buzz that maybe he’s hit his ceiling in Stillwater and the number of attractive jobs that will be open. … This is the kind of disappointing finish, however, that could definitely make Gundy wonder if he can get the program to the next level.” — Dan Wolken, USA Today
Oklahoma State fell to No. 18 in the AP Top 25 Poll and No. 21 in the Amway Coaches Poll following the loss. The Cowboys won’t have a chance to improve their resume anymore before bowl season rolls around, with just one game left against 1-10 Kansas.
Oklahoma State wasn’t the only Big 12 school to make the misery index. Texas Tech also was listed as one of the five most miserable teams after losing to TCU, 27-3. West Virginia also made an appearance later on the list after losing quarterback Will Grier to injury.
But for now, Cowboys fans will have to cope with what is shaping up to be yet another let-down finish to a season full of promise at the start.