The Oklahoma Sooners are the No. 14 team in the College Football Playoff rankings, which were released on Thursday evening.
Here are a few observations (and I’ll start with the obvious one):
- A&M at No. 4, huh? I would completely understand if the Aggies were ranked seventh, sixth or maybe even fifth. According to CFP chairman Kirby Hocutt, it’s because of the strength of schedule. Okay, so why is Baylor ranked ahead of West Virginia?
- Despite the absurd fact that A&M’s ranked ahead of Washington, it’s not going to hold up if Washington runs the table and wins their conference. They won’t allow a one-loss non-champion to get in over an undefeated P5 champion. If they do, well... Seattleites will be making another whiny documentary.
- I’m fine with Penn State and LSU being ranked ahead of OU, especially Penn State. The Nittany Lions didn’t outplay Ohio State, but they at least played disciplined, passionate football and earned the nation’s best win of the season thus far.
- The Sooners were ranked 15th in last season’s initial rankeings and went on to make the College Football Playoff. However, the respect for the Big 12 is so low this year (and deservedly so) that it will be nearly impossible for OU to make it again.
- Back to what I brought up earlier... WHY IS BAYLOR RANKED AHEAD OF WEST VIRGINIA? The Mountaineers have a better loss and a stronger schedule. I simply don’t understand.
- How about the Buffs at No. 15? Mike MacIntyre has brought about a program renaissance in Boulder, and I love every bit of it.
- The Broncos of Western Michigan are the highest-ranked “Group of Five” school in the rankings. If they win out, they’ll be in an New Year’s Six bowl, which will likely be the Cotton Bowl against an at-large opponent. However, there’s a possibility that the playoff committee could push Boise State ahead of them due to a slightly better strength of schedule, which would just be criminal.
- Good ol’ Mike Leach has made an appearance in this week’s rankings! The Cougars will host in-state rival Washington in Pullman on the Friday after Thanksgiving, which will be a matchup to keep an eye on.