Oklahoma State an uncelebrated success

A potential conference champion is rarely considered an under-the-radar team. But in a Big 12 loaded with all kinds of attractive storylines, 8-1 Oklahoma State -- the team chosen as the preseason conference champion -- has taken a back seat to the other conference spectacles.

While the nation focuses on Baylor’s outstanding season, Oklahoma’s struggles and Texas’ resurgence from what once was called a tormented season, Oklahoma State plays the role of silent assassin.

The Cowboys might have been counted out after a loss to West Virginia, but they’ve won five straight and head into their game with Texas very much alive in the Big 12 race.

And recruits are noticing. Oklahoma State has a top-30 recruiting class for 2014, and it's hoping to land a couple more players to crack the top 25.