Despite struggling with unranked Texas Tech last Saturday, the Sooners moved up in this week’s edition of the College Football Playoff rankings.
The committee moved the Sooners to No. 6 following their 51-46 victory in Lubbock, moving past LSU. The Tigers slid to No. 7 after getting shut out by No. 1 Alabama in Baton Rouge last week.
Unsurprisingly, Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan made up the top four this week, with Georgia and the Sooners falling in line behind that group.
Oklahoma enters this week with the nation’s best offense, led by Heisman Trophy candidate Kyler Murray. But it’s once again the OU defense that is an issue for the team’s CFP chances. Faced with a high-powered offense in Lubbock last weekend, the Sooners reverted back to old ways and yielded more than 450 yards of total offense — and Texas Tech had to play the second half with a backup quarterback.
OU’s easiest path to the top four is rather simple at this point:
1) Win out.
2) Ohio State beats Michigan in Columbus on Nov. 24.
3) Alabama beats Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.
It wouldn’t hurt if the Buckeyes also picked up another loss along the way, potentially to Michigan State this weekend. Notre Dame also has one tough game left vs. ranked Syracuse, on Nov. 17. In a scenario where the Fighting Irish lose, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Notre Dame all would have similar one-loss resumes and be fighting for two spots. If Washington State wins out, that could further complicate matters for the committee.
Oklahoma is back in action Saturday at 2:30 p.m. vs. in-state rival Oklahoma State.
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