Two-loss starts have already derailed once-promising seasons for Oklahoma and Texas A&M, two of leading College Football Playoff contenders back in August who continue to plummet down the USA TODAY Sports NCAA Re-Rank 1-131.
Oklahoma's second loss in a row drops the Sooners to No. 38, down 17 spots from last week and 33 spots from the Sooners' high of No. 5 just two weeks ago. Brent Venables' defense allowed more than 1,000 yards in losses to Kansas State and TCU.
A&M had rebounded from an earlier loss to Appalachian State to defeat Miami (Fla.) and Arkansas. But the Aggies slipped up against Mississippi State, as a terrible offense flopped in the Bulldogs' 42-24 win. That sends A&M to No. 39, down 23 spots.
Oklahoma's in-state rival makes a big move in this week's re-rank to round out a very solid top six atop the Bowl Subdivision.
After beating Baylor in a key Big 12 matchup, Oklahoma State moves up six to No. 6, joining the set-in-stone top five: Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson.
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Other teams rising toward the top of the rankings are No. 9 UCLA, which rose four spots after beating Washington; No. 12 Mississippi, up 13 after a narrow win against Kentucky; No. 17 TCU, making a big leap of 20 spots; and No. 19 Kansas, which climbed to 5-0 with a tough win against Iowa State.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: College football NCAA Re-Rank: Oklahoma, Texas A&M continue freefall