College football rankings: What Oklahoma’s loss to Baylor implies for Oregon, Ohio State and more

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College football rankings: What Oklahoma’s loss to Baylor implies for Oregon, Ohio State and more

For the very first time all season, No. 8 Oklahoma felt the sting of college football mayhem, losing 27-14 on the roadway to No. 13 Baylor. With the loss, the Big 12 has no groups staying amongst the ranks of the unbeaten, a substantial blow to the conference’s College Football Playoff hopes.

Just another week in this topsy-turvy 2021 college football season.

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The Sooners will deal with instant effects– possibly overwhelming ones, thinking about how little the choice committee has actually thought about this group through 2 sets of rankings. That stated, the Sooners are still directly in contention for the Big 12 national championship and a prospective berth in the playoff. Saturday’s loss, one in which the Sooners put up a paltry 260 backyards of overall offense, makes complex things.

The Sooners’ conserving grace for a great part of the season was their quarterback play by freshman Caleb Williams. He finished 10 of 19 passes for 177 lawns and 2 interceptions, including 10 hurries for 17 backyards and a rating. Coach Lincoln Riley attempted to develop a trigger by subbing in preseason starter Spencer Rattler for 2 series, however he fared no much better in a 4-of-6 passing day for simply 36 lawns.

Baylor (8-2, 4-2 in Big 12 play) must delight in a great bump in the rankings however, as an outcome of its 2 losses to Oklahoma State and TCU, is most likely currently out of contention for the playoff. The very same might be real of Oklahoma, depending upon how the remainder of the college football season plays out. It’s not outside the world of possibility the CFP choice committee might require to drop 2 of the following groups after championship game weekend:

  • 12 -1 SEC champ Alabama
  • 12 -1 Georgia
  • 12 -1 Big 12 champ Oklahoma/Oklahoma State
  • 12 -1 Pac-12 champ Oregon
  • 12 -1 Big Ten champ
  • 13 -0 AAC champ Cincinnati

Sporting News breaks down what groups stand to go up and down the top 25 ahead of the 3rd set of CFP rankings after the Sooners’ loss:

Rankings show Week 11 College Football Playoff top 25

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Oregon (9-1)

Previous rank: 3

You might argue no group beyond No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 Alabama manages its own fate at this moment of the season. Oregon is in excellent position as the present No. 3 group in the newest rankings. The Ducks need to complete the task versus No. 24 Utah and Oregon State to end up the routine season. The Pac-12 national championship waits for after that. It ‘d be difficult to keep Mario Cristobal’s group out of the running if it triumphed, however the Ducks can do themselves a favor by winning convincingly from here on out. They got to an excellent start by beating Washington State 38-24 on Saturday, and ought to stay No. 3 in the survey. Regardless, they would rather handle a one-loss Sooners group than an unbeaten one.

Ohio State (9-1)

Previous rank: 4

Ohio State is an area behind the Ducks, and has a significantly harder schedule to the end its season– a double-edged sword if there ever was one. The Buckeyes have a more difficult course to triumphing, however if they attain the task versus No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Michigan State and the Big Ten West department champ, there’s practically absolutely no possibility the committee keeps them out. Like Oregon, Ohio State must be cheering Oklahoma’s loss, which puts the groups in equivalent standings where records are worried. It will stay No. 4 in Tuesday’s rankings after it beat the Boilermakers 59-31

Cincinnati (10 -0)

Previous rank: 5

Oklahoma’s loss was a triumph for Cincy, however not as huge as it was for other groups in contention for the playoff. The Bearcats might extremely well be among just 2 unbeaten groups at the end of the season, however it most likely will not suffice unless their competitors loses another video game. That suggests two-loss Power 5 champs out of the Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big12 Cincy ought to stay in the leading 5 once again come Tuesday, however the Bearcats require more aid than any other group to make a CFP berth in the last 3 weeks of the season.

Michigan (9-1)

Previous rank: 6

Michigan is another huge fan of Saturday’s result, particularly after outliving a 6-4 Penn State group— one that was incredibly missing from previous top-25 rankings– in a 21-17 protective slugfest. The Wolverines are directly in contention for the Big Ten champion, however require Ohio State to beat Michigan State prior to beating the Buckeyes themselves. They would then require to win the Big Ten title video game. That most likely suffices to get Jim Harbaugh and Co. into the playoff, however absolutely nothing is set in stone at this moment of the season. In any case, Michigan ought to stay at No. 6, one area ahead of No. 7 Michigan State, in the most recent rankings.

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Michigan State (9-1)

Previous rank: 7

Another huge winner from Oklahoma’s loss. The Spartans were an unexpected choice at the No. 7 area in the current rankings, one position lower than a group they beat the previous week. They manage their own fate in the Big Ten, and still have Ohio State and Penn State on the schedule. The Spartans will stay No. 7 in the CFP top 25 after beating Maryland 40-21 on Saturday. They’re still in contention for a playoff berth.

Notre Dame (9-1)

Previous rank: 9

The Fighting Irish stay silently on the fringe of the Playoff image, though the Irish– like the Bearcats– require aid to get in without a championship game video game to depend on. Notre Dame beat Virginia smoothly on Saturday, winning 28 -3. It’s possible that’s excellent enough to go up an area, however it’s possible the Fighting Irish are leapt by the Cowboys in the next set of rankings.

Oklahoma State (9-1)

Previous rank: 10

No one is better than Oklahoma State at Oklahoma’s loss. The Cowboys not just got to view their archrivals lose, today declare a triumph over a typical challenger (they beat the Bears 24-14 in Week 5). The Cowboys can put themselves in the chauffeur’s seat by beating Texas Tech in Week 12 prior to Bedlam. Thinking about how severely they beat TCU– 63-17– it’s possible the Cowboys leap Notre Dame in the rankings on Tuesday.

Here’s the very best part for Oklahoma State: It’s in position to knock the Sooners out of the Big 12 national championship at the end of the season. If Oklahoma State and Baylor triumph, the Bears’ triumph over Oklahoma in Week 11 would knock Oklahoma out of contention.

Oklahoma (9-1)

Previous rank: 8

Oklahoma put itself in an unenviable situation on Saturday. The Sooners no longer manage their own fate as a prospective unbeaten Power 5 conference champ. Even if Riley’s group triumphes, it will possibly need to stack its resume versus unbeaten Cincinnati, one-loss Big Ten champ, one-loss Oregon and one-loss Alabama. Thinking about how little the committee idea of them in the very first 2 sets of rankings, it’s possible Saturday’s loss might be thought about overwhelming.

The finest thing the Sooners can wish for is to triumph. It requires Oklahoma State to drop its video game to Texas Tech. It requires Baylor to win out. That would offer Oklahoma a rematch vs. the Bears– the only group to beat it in the routine season– in the conference title video game. It likewise requires the Big Ten East to cannibalize itself in the last couple of weeks. A Penn State success over Michigan would have assisted on Saturday, however the Wolverines still should deal with Ohio State to end the season. The Buckeyes and Spartans still should play.

The Sooners would likewise like a little additional insurance coverage with a Ducks loss, plus an unbeaten Georgia to knock Alabama out of contention, to keep expect a playoff berth. That’s possible by any stretch of the creativity, however the Sooners would much rather have actually managed their fate in the last couple of weeks than not.