SportsPulse: After a championship Saturday that saw the great redemption story of Jalen Hurts and Kyler Murray leading the Sooners to a Big 12 championship it looks like we have the final four set. Trysta Krick breaks it down.
The voters in the Amway Coaches Poll don’t have the final say, of course. But if they did, Oklahoma would be the fourth playoff team.
Alabama remains No. 1, though the Crimson Tide were pushed for the first time all season. They received 62 of 64 first-place votes in the final poll of the regular season after rallying to beat Georgia in the SEC final. The Bulldogs fall from the four spot to No. 6.
ACC champion Clemson, which also finished the regular campaign with an unblemished record, holds steady at No. 2 after downing Pittsburgh for the conference title. The Tigers picked up a second No. 1 vote this week. Notre Dame, which completed a 12-0 season a week ago, remains third.
The Sooners, who avenged their lone loss of the year by beating Texas in the Big 12 title game, stay ahead of Ohio State. Texas falls out of the top 10, heading into the bowl season at No. 14. The fifth-ranked Buckeyes handled Northwestern in the Big Ten title game, but they must now hope the playoff selection committee views their overall body of work as more impressive than that of the Sooners.
Central Florida stays put at No. 7 after rallying to beat Memphis for the American championship. Michigan’s No. 8 position is also unchanged. Pac-12 champion Washington moves up to No. 9 and Florida holds to round out the top 10.
No teams fall out of the top 25. Boise State stays in at No. 24 after an overtime loss to Fresno State in the Mountain West championship game, while the Bulldogs move up to No. 21. Army retains the No. 25 position heading into its annual season-ending showdown with Navy.