What truly makes college football a special sport is the out-of-nowhere nature of the games that take place each and every Saturday.
There are 130 teams at the FBS level and for the most part, the vast majority of results come and go as expected. A bigger program beats a smaller one and that is that. Blowouts happen when things get too far out of whack or luck is on the side of the ranked team. Close results between evenly matched squads tend to play out in a back-and-forth affair with plays made at the margins being the ultimate determining factor.
Yet for all that, it is the "Did you see that score?" moments and surprises that truly make college football stand out from its professional sibling and worth doing a double-take. Every given Saturday the unexpected somehow rings true and delights the unattached observers and makes things like ranking teams such a difficult exercise.
We found that out in Manhattan, Kansas, in particular during Week 9 as Kansas State topped No. 5 Oklahoma for a seismic shock to the previous status quo that few not wearing purple on Saturday (and maybe a few who did) could have expected when they woke up.
The game itself looked like it was going to plan early on as the Sooners got a defensive stop to open and then jumped out to a 17-7 lead. But credit to the Wildcats, they stayed true to their game plan despite the early struggles and continued to chip away before eventually taking control in the third quarter. The offensive explosion behind Skylar Thompson was eye-opening but so too was the defense. KSU stopped the run (seven carries, six yards by OU players not named Jalen Hurts), ran the ball themselves to milk the clock and the