The third installment of the 2018 College Football Playoff rankings saw zero movement in the top 10. The Oklahoma Sooners held onto the No. 6 spot from last week, while fellow Big 12 members Texas and Iowa State together jumped up a total of 10 spots.
Check out the full rankings below:
- Notre Dame
- Washington State
- West Virginia
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Iowa State
- Boston College
- Mississippi State
- Utah State
- Boise State
As Lincoln Riley stated earlier this week, all of Oklahoma’s goals are still attainable, and he’s right. With three more Saturdays left to play out before Selection Sunday, there’s a lot that can still happen around the Sooners, who remain in prime position to grab one of the final top-four spots. That said, perhaps the greatest obstacle standing in OU’s way is its own defense, or lack thereof. The deficiencies on that side of the ball were on center stage once again in Bedlam, and with the other CFP contenders hitting their stride and playing well on both sides of the ball, the case for Oklahoma is weakening by the week.
Having said that, I doubt it’ll come down to style points. For OU, it’s all about winning out and hoping for another team — like Notre Dame or Michigan — to lose. Alabama avoiding an SEC Championship loss to Georgia wouldn’t hurt, either.
Right now, the Week 12 college football schedule looks like a glorified snooze-fest, but there are at least a few games that could affect Oklahoma’s playoff outlook. Notre Dame hosts a surprisingly good Syracuse team, West Virginia travels to Oklahoma State, and Iowa State will pay a visit to Texas. The Fighting Irish ideally need to lose one of their final two games to clear the path up considerably for the Sooners, while the Mountaineers need to take care of business in Stillwater to preserve the top-10 matchup on Black Friday. Also, whichever team wins between the Cyclones and the Longhorns this weekend will keep their Big 12 title hopes alive.
Fortunately, Oklahoma has several things going for it that are apparent by looking at these latest CFP rankings. First off, the win at Iowa State appears to be the Sooners’ best win thus far, and it’s only gaining more weight (despite coming with a new QB) as the Cyclones continue to rack up W’s and rise in the polls. Secondly, West Virginia’s ascension as a legitimate challenger isn’t going to hurt. A primetime win in Morgantown would do wonders for OU’s résumé, and from there a rematch against a likely top 15 team in the Big 12 Championship Game would provide another opportunity for a quality win.
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