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Committee still not holding defense against Sooners

Sooner Nation is aghast over the Oklahoma defense. The College Football Playoff committee, not so much.

OU stayed No. 6 in the committee’s rankings released Tuesday. The Sooners survived Oklahoma State 48-47 last Saturday, a week after winning 51-46 at Texas Tech.

There are quality contenders nipping at the Sooners, but No. 7 LSU, No. 8 Washington State, No. 9 West Virginia and No. 10 Ohio State all stayed behind OU.

“We talk about Oklahoma in total,” said committee chairman Rob Mullens, the Oregon athletic director, in a teleconference Tuesday night. “So we look at their whole résumé, and you start off by saying they’re 9-1 and their only loss is to a Texas team at a neutral site in a very close game.

“But as you dig deeper, you see great quarterback (Kyler Murray), one of the top offenses in the country with a lot of playmakers. But you also notice, particularly in the last two weeks, that the defense has struggled and that their offene is carrying them.

“So that’s all part of the conversation.”

The committee’s top 10 remained the same – Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan and Georgia were the top five.

The Big 12 got some solid respect from the committee. In addition to No. 6 OU and No. 9 West Virginia, No. 15 Texas and No. 16 Iowa State.

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