Kansas State is a ranked team once more.
Following K-State’s 48-41 upset of then-No. 5 Oklahoma on Saturday, the Wildcats earned a spot in both major polls, which came out Sunday.
K-State came in at No. 22 in the Associated Press poll; the Wildcats were three spots lower in the Amway Coaches rankings, taking the final position at No. 25.
It marks the second time K-State has earned a national ranking under first-year head coach Chris Klieman. The Wildcats moved into the coaches poll following its road win over Mississippi State in Week 3 and were the first team left out of the AP’s top 25 that week. K-State had the following weekend off, moving up to No. 22 in the coaches poll and entering the AP rankings at No. 24.
But after a 26-13 loss at Oklahoma State on Sept. 28, K-State tumbled out of both rankings.
The Wildcats made their triumphant return Sunday.
K-State was one of only three Big 12 teams in the AP’s top 25, joining Oklahoma (No. 10) and undefeated Baylor (No. 12), which didn’t play Saturday. In the coaches poll, four Big 12 teams appeared: Oklahoma (No. 9), Baylor (No. 11), Texas (No. 24) and K-State (No. 25).
The Wildcats and Longhorns face off in Austin, Texas, on Nov. 9.
But first, Klieman will take part in his first Sunflower Showdown as K-State’s head coach. This is the first time since 2014 the Wildcats will be ranked when they take on the Jayhawks. Kansas pulled off an upset of its own Saturday, topping Texas Tech 37-34 to give first-year head coach Les Miles his first conference win at the helm.
This year’s Sunflower Showdown will kick off at 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. The game will air on FS1.