The Oklahoma motto has been just win, focus on the one game at hand and the rest will take care of itself. It’s starting to play itself out as the Sooners have made the leap to No. 3 in the latest college football playoff rankings released Tuesday evening.
OU entered the week at No. 7 but moved up four spots following a win against TCU. The Horned Frogs, to the committee’s credit, dropped a mere one spot to No. 19 after the 30-29 defeat.
It feels like the Sooners made the jump for a few reasons. No. 1 obviously is the lost at home by Ohio State to Michigan State with a backup quarterback.
No. 2 was Notre Dame struggling with five turnovers in a 19-16 win against a three-win Boston College squad at Fenway Park.
But the biggest reason might have nothing to do with OU whatsoever. Baylor’s emphatic win in Stillwater against Oklahoma State has put the Bears No. 7 in the latest rankings and might end up being the singular best win in college football this season.
OSU dropped to No. 11 following the loss to OU. It feels pretty certain the Cowboys cannot make the college football playoff, but they can, once again, perhaps spoil OU’s season and dream of doing the same thing.
Clemson remains No. 1, followed by Alabama at No. 2. Iowa is No. 4 with Notre Dame No. 5 and Michigan State No. 6. If the rankings stayed the same, it would be OU and Alabama in the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington with Clemson taking on Iowa in the Orange Bowl in Miami.
OU now has six wins against teams better than .500 this season, and the good news continued with Bob Stoops saying Baker Mayfield and Samaje Perine both practiced for OU on Tuesday evening.
Mayfield still is not 100 percent cleared for Bedlam at Oklahoma State after suffering a concussion, but it’s obviously a great sign he was practicing as usual for OU.