Kansas State's best start in 12 years put the team in the hunt for the Big 12 title, but back-to-back losses have the Wildcats playing catch-up.
Texas A&M has also lost some traction after getting its season turned around last month.
The No. 17 Wildcats look to avoid their first three-game skid in three seasons Saturday in Manhattan, where they'll face an Aggies team that has dropped two straight and is missing leading rusher Christine Michael.
Kansas State (7-2, 4-2) did not receive any votes in the preseason Top 25, but a 7-0 start - its best since opening 9-0 in 1999 - lifted the team to 10th in the poll and eighth in the BCS rankings.
The Wildcats, though, suffered a 58-17 home loss to then-No. 11 Oklahoma on Oct. 29 and fell 52-45 to then-No. 3 Oklahoma State last Saturday.
The disheartening defeats have left Kansas State two games behind the conference-leading Cowboys one back of the Sooners.
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