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Oklahoma Sooners Move Up To No. 3 In Latest AP Poll

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The Oklahoma Sooners are once again on the move after dismantling the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Stillwater (finally, the Big XII can rest assured it has crowned "One True Champion" after the debacle of last year). Behind a comfortable win, most analysts believe the Sooners punched the first ticket into the College Playoff. While fans continue to wait for the final playoff rankings to be released after Championship Weekend, the AP Poll certainly likes Oklahoma as well.

In this week's edition of the AP Poll, OU rises from No. 5 to No. 3 with a little help from the Stanford Cardinal who knocked the Notre Dame Fighting Irish out of playoff contention. However, the No. 3 ranking reflects what the CFP Committee already agreed upon. The only question that remains is: can the Sooners hang on to that spot?

With three Big 10 teams now inside the top six, it may be a difficult task. The Michigan State Spartans and Iowa Hawkeyes square off not only for the conference crown but also a spot in the playoff. Will a win by either program be enough to jump into the No. 3 spot ahead of the Sooners? I for one hope not!

AP Coaches S&P+ Massey
1 Clemson (53) Clemson (58) Clemson Alabama
2 Alabama (8) Alabama (5) Alabama Oklahoma
3 Oklahoma Iowa (1) Oklahoma Clemson
4 Iowa Oklahoma Ohio State Ohio State
5 Michigan State Michigan State Florida State Michigan State
6 Ohio State Ohio State Michigan Iowa
7 Stanford Stanford Ole Miss Notre Dame
8 North Carolina North Carolina Baylor Stanford
9 Notre Dame Florida State Notre Dame Baylor
10 Florida State Notre Dame Western Kentucky Florida State
11 TCU TCU Michigan State TCU
12 Baylor Baylor Navy North Carolina
13 Northwestern Northwestern LSU Ole Miss
14 Oklahoma State Oklahoma State West Virginia Michigan
15 Oregon Florida Stanford Oklahoma State
16 Ole Miss Oregon Florida Florida
17 Houston Ole Miss Arkansas Houston
18 Florida Houston Bowling Green Navy
19 Michigan Michigan TCU LSU
20 Temple Utah Washington Oregon
21 Utah Temple USC USC
22 Navy Navy UCLA Northwestern
23 LSU LSU Mississippi State Utah
24 USC USC Toledo Tennessee
25 Wisconsin Wisconsin Oklahoma State Wisconsin