If the Associated Press and Coaches Poll are any indication, Oklahoma football should be in the No. 5 spot when the new College Football Playoff rankings come out on Tuesday.
With Michigan’s devastating loss to Ohio State on Saturday, Georgia moved up one spot, to No. 4, in this week’s AP and Coaches polls, with the Sooners taking over the vacated fifth spot. That would put Oklahoma in very good position should Georgia lose to Alabama in the SEC championship game on Saturday.
Of course, the Sooners would have to get by Texas in the Big 12 Championship and hope that their overall body of work would be enough to influence the Playoff selection committee to vote them in over other contenders as the fourth and final seed.
As exciting as that might sound right now, with OU on the outside looking in, the brutal reality of earning the four seed is a probable date with No. 1 Alabama on Dec. 29 in one of the two national semifinal matchups. Georgia is expected to replace Michigan as the No. 4 Playoff seed, when the new Playoff rankings are released.
Texas (9-3), the Sooners’ opponent in the Big 12 Championship, moved into the top 10 this week, ranked No. 9 in both the AP Top 25 and the Coaches Poll.
Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame remained unchanged, in the top three positions, in both polls. Rounding out the top 10 are Ohio State, Central Florida, Michigan, Texas and Washington (in the AP poll), Florida (in the Coaches Poll).
West Virginia (8-3) fell three spots, to No. 15, in this week’s AP rankings, and 16th in the Coaches Poll. Iowa State is the only other ranked team from the Big 12 this week. The Cyclones (7-4) are 24th in the AP poll.
Army (9-2), which Oklahoma defeated in overtime earlier in the season, is No. 23 in the AP top 25 this week and 25th in the Coaches Poll.