Oklahoma football is a bit behind the eight ball, with an early-season loss to Texas. One loss doesn’t keep an elite team from College Football Playoff contention, luckily.
In the first College Football Playoff rankings, the Sooners came in at No. 7, behind Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame, Michigan, and Georgia. Washington State, Kentucky, and Ohio State round out the top 10.
Luckily for the Sooners, a few of those situations will work themselves out.
Alabama and LSU face off this weekend, as do Georgia and Kentucky. The SEC Championship Game will likely come from those two match-ups.
Ohio State and Michigan also face off at the end of the season, and Michigan has a tough game against Penn State this weekend.
In a new column, Big 12 beat writer Chuck Carlton of The Dallas Morning-News outlined what Oklahoma football fans should root for going forward.
There are a few paths for the Sooners to make the playoff once again. Here’s how Carlton broke things down:
Oklahoma is well-positioned in the first College Football Playoff rankings but will need some help. First, the Sooners need to win out, including the Big 12 championship game at AT&T Stadium. Really don’t like the chances for at two-loss Big 12 champ. Then, the Sooners need Alabama to win the SEC to avoid the committee picking two teams from that league, especially if Alabama is sitting there with just one loss. Another key will be a loss for Notre Dame, which could steal a bid from one of the power conferences by running the table. Oklahoma also needs Texas, West Virginia and Iowa State to stay in the CFP Top 25 for strength of schedule.
There’s nothing terribly controversial there. The big risks are a two-bid SEC like last year, which seems pretty unlikely since only Alabama is undefeated, unless the Crimson Tide go down, and Notre Dame crashing the party. The Fighting Irish are at a pesky Northwestern this weekend, so Sooners fans may want to break out some purple on top of the crimson and cream this week.