Slow and steady wins the race? That will have to be the case for Oklahoma as it vies for back-to-back appearances in the college football playoff.
The Sooners moved up two spots to No. 9 when the latest college football playoff rankings were released Tuesday evening coming off the emphatic 45-24 win against Baylor.
OU, now 8-2 overall and 7-0 in the Big 12, will get a chance for a nice resume booster to conclude the season. It begins this weekend at No. 14 West Virginia. The Mountaineers, despite an impressive 8-1 record, only moved up two spots from No. 16 following a road win at Texas.
And then Bedlam in two weeks could be a huge battle with Oklahoma State at No. 11 although the Cowboys are in for a tough contest at TCU this weekend.
Despite all the chaos of last weekend, nobody actually thought OU was going to move above teams like Clemson, Michigan and Washington as the trio suffered their first losses of the season.
“Yea, we’re letting it fall where it falls,” linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo said. “We’re taking it game by game. We’re gonna play our hardest. In the end, we’re going to see where we land. We’re going to do our best and all said and done, hope we’re in the top four.”
OU has slowly risen throughout the rankings. The Sooners started at No. 14 before moving to No. 11 last week and now have cracked the top 10.
Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson round out the top four, followed by Louisville, Washington, Wisconsin and Penn State.