It doesn't take much explaining for No. 4 Oklahoma to understand why it should be wary about facing Kansas State.
Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford points out that the Wildcasts have beaten the Texas Longhorns in each of the past two years.
That sums up OU's main cause for concern in tomorrow's game in Manhattan, Kansas.
The Wildcats (4-3, 1-2 Big 12) have been giant killers against the Big 12 South's other premier team the past two seasons. They pulled off a 41-21 upset of the No. 7 Longhorns last season and knocking a fourth-ranked Texas team out of the national title picture a year earlier with a 45-42 win in Manhattan.
Both losses helped knock the Longhorns out of the picture for the Big 12 title, won by the Sooners the past two seasons.
Oklahoma (6-1, 2-1) would suffer a similar fate with a loss at the school where coach Bob Stoops and defensive coordinator Brent Venables cut their teeth.
The circumstances are different than when Stoops helped Bill Snyder build a national contender out of a perennial doormat. But the Wildcats have some similar traits under Ron Prince in the way they pull off their biggest wins.