OU leapt back into the top 10 of the AP and Coaches polls this week and only need to jump Louisville, Auburn, Ohio State and Washington to make the playoff. I want no part of the top 5 teams in the country — unchanged from last week in the AP while Michigan and Clemson flipped spots in the Coaches. The bowl projections from last week projected the Sooners to face Texas A&M in the Sugar Bowl. After the Aggies loss at Mississippi State, OU is now projected to play Auburn January 2nd in New Orleans after the Tigers survived the Fightin’ Jay Cutlers this weekend.
- Auburn has won 6 straight after starting the season 1-2 with losses to Clemson and A&M. Gus Malzahn’s Tigers are averaging nearly 300 yards on the ground, good for third in the nation, and enter Week 11 ranked No. 8 in the polls.
- We all knew the Aggies weren’t the No. 4 team in the country, and the Bulldogs proved it to the nation on Saturday. Too bad Trevor Knight went down with a shoulder injury, but at least the Aggies are now out of the way. It’s looking like my buddy DJ won’t get to see his dream OU-A&M Sugar Bowl matchup at season’s end. Not saying the bowl picture is anywhere close to done being drawn, as so much can change in the weeks to come, but I’d rather the Sooners face a run-heavy attack than a top-15 elite passing team. At least there’s no Curtis Samuel on the Tigers, and that’s a good thing. They may be from the offensively challenged SEC, but Bob’s Sooners have been there before — and won.
- Thanks, Hogs, for your win over Florida. I believe the key was the fact that our boy Jack Shields was in attendance. The Gators took a big hit in the polls, dropping to No. 16, summed up by this absolute shot on special teams...Wow:
RIP Florida returner https://t.co/2esokLhtfM pic.twitter.com/jz2eFnjXZr— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) November 5, 2016
- Thank you, TCU for beating your rivals — a true win for the people. Seriously, wtf, Baylor? The Full-On Unraveling is on for the wackos in Waco. Good riddance. It’s going to be fun obliterating those assclowns in Norman next weekend. Everyone across the country should be a Sooners fan this week. You’re welcome, in advance, America. A Baylor beatdown frozen in time...Well played, Frogs:
Only one way to celebrate a road win in Waco: #MannequinChallenge pic.twitter.com/elsxEbQhmz— TCU Football (@TCUFootball) November 6, 2016
- Crazy finish in Manhattan, as the Pokes hung on to win despite an eventful last drive for the Wildcats. Here’s a great explanation clarifying the runoff controversy, and why K-State was rightfully awarded another play. Oklahoma State is clearly beatable, but Mikey Mullet’s Pokes’ offense is in rhythm at the right time of the season.
- Speaking of the ridiculous, this play sums up the Big 12 season perfectly, and with it happening to Texas made it that much sweeter:
So this happened...#Big12FB on FS1 https://t.co/IFqDqvzgOc— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 5, 2016
- The Tide and Michigan were the only teams to receive first-place votes this week, with Bama taking 60 of them and Jack’s favorite pollster awarding his Wolverines with the other. Though Clemson sits at No. 3, I still think Louisville is the nation’s second best team and could still crash the top 4 at season’s end as the first CFP entrant without a conference title. The Cardinals are the country’s best shot to beat Alabama. It’ll likely take a Vince Young-like performance from Lamar Action Jackson, but I’m pretty sure he’ll be up for it:
Third time this season, Louisville QB Lamar Jackson scored 7 TDs in a game. Miss one? See them all here. #L1C4 https://t.co/D8EHj5KrW5— LouisvilleFootball (@UofLFootball) November 5, 2016
- I don’t expect the Sooners to crack the top 10 in the second reveal of the College Football Playoff on Tuesday night, but certainly could be knocking on the top 5 in a few weeks. Hope you all thoroughly enjoy Hate Baylor Week, Sooner friends!
️ is gunna Beat the Hell outta Baylor! #BaylorHateWeek pic.twitter.com/62q131QX3h— SoonerNation (@5oonerNation) November 6, 2016
One of my new favorite weeks in college football is upon us... #BaylorHateWeek pic.twitter.com/SeKM82g23M— A.J. Moreno (@AJ_Moreno) November 6, 2016