Not that the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls count for much now that the College Football Playoff committee is in the business of releasing their poll on Tuesday nights but Oklahoma State on the strength of its 49-29 win over TCU in Stillwater on Saturday has made a big jump as the Cowboys were selected at No. 5 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls.
Oklahoma State jumped more than five spots from both of last week’s rankings thanks to the decisive 49-29 victory over previously undefeated TCU on Saturday. With the win, OSU moved to 9-0 for only the third time in program history.
At No. 5, this marks the Cowboys’ highest national ranking since 2011, when Oklahoma State ended the season at No. 3 after defeating Stanford in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. It also marks the 15th time in school history that OSU has achieved a top-five ranking, 11 of which have come under head coach Mike Gundy.
OSU is now the second-highest ranked squad in the Big 12, trailing only third-ranked Baylor. Oklahoma (No. 11/12) and TCU (No. 12/13) also represent the conference in the polls.
The polls are also now split on a number one as the USA Today Coaches Poll has Ohio State on top with 34 first-place votes followed by Clemson (21), Baylor (8), Alabama (3), Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Stanford, Iowa, LSU, and Florida in their top 10. The Associated Press moved the CFP leader Clemson to the top with 31 first-place votes, Ohio State is second with 26, Alabama third (2), Baylor fourth (2), Oklahoma State, Notre Dame, Stanford, Iowa, LSU, and Utah.
The Cowboys will look to extend their undefeated campaign next weekend as Oklahoma State takes on Iowa State on Saturday, Nov. 14.