Oklahoma Sooners and the Big 12 Winners in latest College Football Playoff Rankings

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Just a week ago, it seemed that the Oklahoma Sooners’ chances of getting back into the College Football Playoff hunt were slim to none. Coming off of a Baylor loss where the offense looked listless, and the defense was unable to hold on in the fourth quarter, the Sooners justified the playoff committee’s No. 8 ranking for Oklahoma in the first two weeks of the playoff rankings.

How quickly things can turn around. Losses by Oregon and Michigan State opened the door for the Sooners to get back into the top 10. As the rest of the schedule plays out over the next two weeks, the Sooners still have a chance of getting into the playoff if several things go right for them.

According to college football analyst Paul Myerburg of USA TODAY Sports (subscription required), the Oklahoma Sooners and the Big 12 conference came up winners in the most recent release of the College Football Playoff rankings.

With three teams inside the top 10 of this week’s rankings, the Big 12 has exceeded preseason expectations and has a shot at sending its champion into the semifinals. The biggest winner is No. 10 Oklahoma, which worked its way back into the selection committee’s good graces with a win against Iowa State and could rise as high as sixth with a win this weekend against No. 7 Oklahoma State. Topping the Cowboys would override Baylor’s head-to-head win this month and likely jump OU ahead of the loser between the Wolverines and Buckeyes. – Myerburg

There’s still a lot that has to playout for the Oklahoma Sooners or the Oklahoma State Cowboys to find their way into the final four. However, a glimmer of light peeking through the door provides a lot for these two teams to play for as they get set to lock up in a top 10 Bedlam matchup.

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