Sept. 17 was a long time ago. Oklahoma was left dead in terms of the college football playoff following a 45-24 loss to Ohio State.
At 1-2, the Sooners fell out of the top 25 polls. Nearly two months later and six consecutive wins later, the Sooners are back in the top 10.
The news wasn’t all great when OU was ranked No. 14 in the initial college football playoff poll, but the AP and coaches polls agree OU is back in the picture with the Sooners ranked No. 9 in both of them.
Following a solid if not completely unspectacular win at Iowa State on Thursday, OU saw a lot of things go its way Saturday.
Losses by Texas A&M, Nebraska, Florida and LSU have put OU in a spot to at least be in the conversation in the final month of the season. The Sooners still need a lot of help, but it’s not a lost cause.
Part of that rationale is because once again OU is closing about as strong as you can with its strength of schedule by facing No. 25 Baylor and going to No. 10/11 West Virginia before hosting No. 17 Oklahoma State.
OU needs to take care of business and hope to get some help, but the Sooners back in the top 10 for the first time since after losing to Houston on Sept. 3.