With the regular season now behind them, the latest College Football Playoff rankings released on Tuesday evening and Oklahoma took yet another step forward.
After entering its regular-season finale against West Virginia ranked No. 4 and cruising to a 59-31 victory over the Mountaineers, Oklahoma has climbed one spot to No. 3.
The rise in the rankings comes thanks in large part to not only what Oklahoma accomplished in Week 13, but the struggles of prominent programs elsewhere. On Saturday, then-No. 2 Miami was upset on the road in a 24-14 loss to Pittsburgh, and hours later, then-No. 1 Alabama lost on the road in an Iron Bowl battle with then-No. 6 Auburn, 26-14.
Now set to enter its Big 12 Championship meeting with No. 10 TCU, Oklahoma is enjoying a seven-game winning streak and a win-and-get-in situation. Thus far, the Sooners have won 11 of their 12 games this season, including a 38-20 Week 11 win over then-No. 6 TCU.
Oklahoma’s record includes three ranked wins, which have come by a combined 43 points, as the Sooners also knocked off then-No. 2 Ohio State, 31-16, and then-No. 11 Oklahoma State, 62-52.
If the Sooners can add one more ranked win to that total and thus, secure a Big 12 title over the Horned Frogs, Oklahoma will earn its second College Football Playoff appearance in three seasons.
Oklahoma’s only playoff appearance resulted in a 37-17 semifinal loss to No. 1 Clemson two years ago. The Sooners were behind 17-16 at the half, but were blown out in the second half after Baker Mayfield and Joe Mixon were knocked out of the game with injuries.
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