Oklahoma had to play the waiting game Saturday night and had to play it again Sunday afternoon before it was revealed the Sooners are No. 4 in the college football playoff rankings.
OU entered the week No. 3 but dropped one spot following Saturday’s games and will take on No. 1 Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
As the rankings were released, OU wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Durron Neal slapped five following seeing Michigan State at No. 3.
“It just meant we were No. 4,” Shepard said. “We knew we were in.”
OU fans were hoping the Sooners were headed to Arlington, Texas, to take on Alabama in the Cotton Bowl. Instead, it’s back to Florida and back to one more game in the revenge tour.
In its 11-1 regular season, the Sooners have defeated four of the five teams that defeated them in the tumultuous 2014 season. The only one left is Clemson and now OU is going to get the chance.
The Tigers embarrassed the Sooners 40-6 in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando in a game that wasn’t even as competitive as the score sounds.
The final rankings have Clemson No. 1, followed by Alabama, Michigan State and OU. Committee spokesperson said Michigan State having two top-10 wins on its resume was what led the Spartans to getting No. 3 instead of OU.
The resumes were splitting hairs. Both had a major non-conference win with OU at Tennessee and Michigan State vs. Oregon. Both had major conference wins on the road with OU at Baylor and Oklahoma State, with Michigan State at Michigan and Ohio State.
Fans would have loved the short drive to Cowboys Stadium, but the players and coaches said they have no problem being No. 4 and heading back to Florida. OU and Clemson will be the early game, with kickoff scheduled for 4 p.m. EST/3 p.m. CST.