Besides a narrow 24-19 loss to the Kansas State Wildcats, the Oklahoma Sooners were chugging along this season.
Then they ran into Manti Te'o and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Te'o led a furious defensive effort that limited the Sooners to just 13 points, and Bob Stoops' team will look to get back on track Saturday against Iowa State.
Unfortunately for Sooners quarterback Landry Jones, the Cyclones rank No. 26 in the nation in scoring defense, surrendering just 19.8 points per game.
Let's take a closer look at this matchup.
Where: Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa
When: Saturday, Nov. 3 at 12 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Sooner All-Access (Subscription Required)
Betting Line: Oklahoma -10.5 (via Sportsbook.com)
Oklahoma Injury Report
No new injuries reported as of Oct. 29.
Iowa State Injury Report
Josh Lenz, WR: Questionable with a quadriceps strain suffered on Oct. 20 against Oklahoma State. Did not play Saturday against Baylor (via USA Today).
Jake Knott, LB: Likely out for the season with torn left shoulder (via Fox News).
BCS/Top 25 Poll Implications
Oklahoma fell from No. 8 to No. 12 in the latest BCS rankings after losing by 17 points to Notre Dame on Saturday night. If the Sooners hope to crack the top 10, they'll need to win big against the Cyclones, who are unranked in both polls.
What They're Saying
Jake Trotter of Sooner Nation raised questions about whether this Oklahoma Sooners team must refocus its goal now that it's out of both national title and Big 12 title contention.
OU is currently constructed to outgun the Texas Techs and West Virginias of the Big 12 world. But when it comes to tough, physical football -- where the game is settled in the trenches, where the game is decided on who makes the fewest mistakes -- the Sooners have come up short. Twice now.
Oklahoma Player to Watch: QB Landry Jones
Just a week after tossing three touchdowns against Kansas, Jones fell back down to earth against a tough Fighting Irish defense. Although he threw for a season-high 356 yards, the senior signal-caller found Manti Te'o more than he found the end zone.
Jones was once thought of as a first-round lock, but his subpar senior season leaves a lot to be desired. He needs to rebound quickly in order to rehabilitate his plummeting draft stock.
Iowa State Player to Watch: ILB A.J. Klein
With star linebacker Jake Knott out for the season, it falls on Klein to keep the defense playing at a top-25 level.
The 6'1", 244-pound senior is the team's second-leading tackler (67) and is one of the better playmakers on the Cyclones defense.
Although he isn't a household name, Klein checks in as NFL Draft Scout's No. 6 inside linebacker of the 2013 class.
With a big performance against Jones and the Sooners offense, Klein could gain more national recognition.
Key Matchup: Kenny Stills, WR (Oklahoma) vs. Jacques Washington, CB (Iowa State)
In Oklahoma's spread attack, Stills is the No. 1 option. The 6'1", 190-pound junior isn't much of a deep threat, but he's a go-to guy for Landry Jones.
Through seven games, Stills leads all Sooners receivers with 45 receptions for 557 yards and four touchdowns. The brash receiver will have a tough matchup against one of the game's more underrated corners in Jacques Washington.
The redshirt junior leads the Cyclones with three interceptions and is the team's fourth-leading tackler with 51 stops.
Washington has great size for a corner (6'1", 208 pounds) and should give Stills fits.
Without Klein in the lineup, expect Iowa State's defense to drop off. The senior was not only the most productive player for the Cyclones, but also their emotional leader.
Jones still remains a talented quarterback and needs to finish the second half of his senior season with a bang, beginning with Saturday's matchup.
Final Score: Oklahoma 31, Iowa State 16.