Oklahoma is the No. 5 team in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, but the Sooners’ defense still makes the committee nervous.
CFP committee chair Kirby Hocutt was asked Tuesday night after the rankings were released how the committee feels about Oklahoma’s defense, and he initially avoided the question.
“The selection committee continues to be very impressed,” Hocutt said. “Obviously, what they’re doing on the offensive side of the ball is extremely impressive. They have two of the best road wins in the country this year, at Ohio State and at Oklahoma State last weekend. It’ll be a good test for them this weekend against TCU.”
ESPN’s Rece Davis pressed Hocutt again, asking how the Sooners’ defense has been evaluated by the committee.
“Um, you know, not as strong as their offense has been evaluated,” Hocutt said. “So we’ll see what happens this week against a very fast TCU team, a TCU team that’s playing great defense.”
While the Sooners boast probably the best offense in the country, they gave up 52 points in their win at Oklahoma State over the weekend. If they don’t improve on that side of the ball, it’s possible the committee could take that into consideration when it makes its final selections on Dec. 3.
But Oklahoma has a chance to impress on defense the next few weeks. They host top-30 scoring offenses in TCU and West Virginia. The Sooners can make a statement for the committee by limiting those teams, and then putting forth another solid effort in the Big 12 Championship Game on Dec. 2.
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