Oklahoma knows the road it has to go through in order to reach the college football playoff. There are no guarantees the Sooners can punch their ticket to the four-team event, but there is still an outside possibility.
OU was ranked No. 15 in the first college football playoff poll Tuesday evening, the lowest ranking of the four Big 12 teams in the poll.
The Sooners have to like their chances to make the move, though, because of the incredibly tough schedule in the final month of the regular season.
As long as OU can handle Iowa State in Norman on Saturday, the Sooners will play back-to-back-to-back schools in the top 14 of the rankings.
It will start Nov. 24 with a trip to No. 6 Baylor. The Bears have given the Sooners all kinds of trouble in recent years, having won three of the last four and the last two by a combined 89-26 margin.
Following that, No. 8 TCU will come to Norman for OU’s final home game of the season. It was the Horned Frogs who upset then-ranked No. 4 OU last October and let the rest of college football know Trevone Boykin was the real deal.
And things end with Bedlam in Stillwater against Oklahoma State. The Cowboys, ranked No. 14, host TCU this weekend.
OU’s rallying cry since the loss to Texas more than three weeks ago has been about being this year’s Ohio State, referencing of course the Buckeyes losing an early game last season before finding their groove and winning the first college football playoff.
The Sooners are a long ways away from accomplishing that same feat, but after that afternoon in the Cotton Bowl, few predicted OU would even be granted another chance to make a meaningful impression in 2015.
The top five schools were Clemson, LSU, Ohio State, Alabama and Notre Dame.