Oklahoma certainly helped itself out with the win at Baylor last week, but it found out it still has some work to do with the college football playoff committee.
The Sooners are ranked No. 7 this week as the committee unveiled the rankings Tuesday evening. OU was ranked No. 12 last week before heading to Waco.
OU obviously has another chance to make an impression playing against TCU this weekend, but the Horned Frogs are no longer viewed as a top 15 team in terms of the committee.
TCU is No. 11 in the human polls, but the Frogs dropped three spots to No. 18 with the committee following a win against Kansas. It wasn’t something that was discussed on the selection show, but is the committee assuming TCU stars Trevone Boykin and Josh Doctson won’t be available the rest of the season?
The top four remained the same with Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame in that order. Iowa is No. 5, followed by the Big 12 with Oklahoma State at No. 6 and then OU.
Selection committee chair Jeff Long said Tuesday night the committee spent a lot of time discussing Nos. 5-7 with the Hawkeyes, Cowboys and Sooners.
Oklahoma State, who moved up two spots to No. 6, has the potential for another top-10 win this week. Despite the loss at home to OU, Baylor remains alive in the top 10 at No. 10.
There was some speculation about OU going to No. 4, but Long made it clear in saying the Irish are a firm No. 4 right now. The issue was ranking the outside teams, not the teams who would actually play in the playoff.