Cowboys Climb To No. 8 In CFP Rankings

Oklahoma State moves up six spots to No. 8 in this week's College Football Playoff rankings following this past week's 49-29 victory over TCU.

We were much closer this week with our projections as we had Oklahoma State at eighth and the College Football Playoff Committee was impressed enough with the Cowboys 49-29 win over previously unbeaten and eighth-ranked TCU. In essence, Oklahoma State kind of traded places with the Horned Frogs that they vanquished.

Clemson remained number one. Alabama, off its win over unbeaten and last week's number two team LSU, moves into second. Unbeaten Ohio State is third despite a résumé that is much less impressive than some of the teams ranked behind the Buckeyes. Notre Dame, who has just one loss in the rain to top-ranked Clemson, is the committee's fourth ranked team.

Baylor from the Big 12 is sixth with unbeaten Iowa just ahead of them and one loss Stanford is just behind them.

The Oklahoma State football team climbed six spots in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, moving up to No. 8 in Tuesday’s poll.

After making their debut in the rankings last week, the Cowboys boosted their résumé with a 49-29 victory over previously undefeated TCU on Saturday. The win pushed Oklahoma State from No. 14 to No. 8, marking the largest jump in the College Football Playoff poll since UCLA moved from No. 18 to No. 11 in 2014.

Earlier in the week, Oklahoma State was voted as the nation’s fifth-ranked team in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, giving the Cowboys their highest national ranking since the conclusion of the 2011 season. OSU was also selected as the No. 6 squad in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 poll.

Committee chairman and also Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long was asked about Oklahoma State off the TCU win and why the Cowboys are eighth and behind sixth-ranked Baylor.

"Yeah, Oklahoma State had a good win. That's the first piece of real strength that we've seen from them with that win over TCU," Long said. "I think the committee remains feeling that Baylor is strong and stronger, therefore we voted them ahead of Oklahoma State.

"But again, Baylor's work is in front of them, and then Oklahoma State still has work in front of them. So they both have opportunities to change where that ranking is and move up. Again, as we said before, the majority of the Big 12's strength in there, strength of schedules, are here at the back end of the season. So we will see in the coming weeks." 

Other Big 12 schools in the College Football Playoff rankings include Baylor (No. 6), Oklahoma (No. 12) and TCU (No. 15).

The Cowboys will face off against Iowa State on Saturday with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m. 

1. Clemson (9-0)

2. Alabama (8-1)

3. Ohio State (9-0)

4. Notre Dame (8-1)

5. Iowa (9-0)

6. Baylor (8-0)

7. Stanford (8-1)

8. Oklahoma State (9-0)

9. LSU (7-1)

10. Utah (8-1)

11. Florida (8-1)

12. Oklahoma (8-1)

13. Michigan State (8-1)

14. Michigan (7-2)

15. TCU (8-1)

16. Florida State (7-2)

17. Mississippi State (7-2

18. Northwestern (7-2)

19. UCLA (7-2)

20. Navy (7-1)

21. Memphis (8-1)

22. Temple (8-1)

23. North Carolina (8-1)

24. Houston (9-0)

25. Wisconsin (7-2)

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