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Sooners return to top 10 in national rankings

Oklahoma football was the beneficiary of a handful of upsets to top-10 teams over the weekend.

With four teams in the top 10 losing on Saturday, the Sooners moved back into the top 10 in the national rankings after an absence of one week.

Oklahoma moved into the No. 9 spot in the Associated Press Top 25 and is No. 10 this week in the Coaches Poll.

LSU, which dropped eight spots from No. 5 last week after a 27-19 road loss at Florida, is right back where it started this week, back at No. 5 in both major polls, following a decisive 36-16 victory over No. 2 Georgia on Saturday. Georgia slid down to No. 6 in the Coaches Poll and No. 8 in the AP poll, one spot ahead of the Sooners.

Alabama remained solidly positioned atop both polls, with Ohio State, Clemson and Notre Dame each moving up one to fill out the top four spots and the lead contenders currently for the College Football Playoff.

Texas is the highest-ranked Big 12 team this week, checking in at No. 7 in the AP pol and six spots, to No. 8, in the Coaches Poll. West Virginia dropped seven spots from No. 6 a week ago in both polls to 13th.

Despite having the week off, Oklahoma stayed at No. 7 in the ESPN Football Power Index. The Sooners are given a 20.2-percent chance of winning out in the regular season, as they have the past two years after suffering their first loss, and are still a heavy favorite, according to the FPI, of winning the Big 12.

Oklahoma has a 49.8 percent chance of winning the Big 12 championship. That compares with 26.9 for Texas, 11.7 percent for West Virginia, eight percent for Texas Tech and one percent for TCU.

 

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