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Oklahoma Sooners drop to No. 10 in Week 12 CFP rankings

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Five Big 12 teams are in the top 25, but the conference’s playoff hopes took a hit.

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The Week 12 College Football Playoff top 25 is in, and the Oklahoma Sooners have fallen one spot to a No. 10 ranking according to the CFP committee. OU fans might be alarmed to see this change, but not surprised after a close win over Iowa State. Minnesota is the biggest mover of the week after beating Penn State, and as a result jumped nine spots.

Full CFP top 25 rankings listed below:

  1. LSU
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Georgia
  5. Alabama
  6. Oregon
  7. Utah
  8. Minnesota
  9. Penn State
  10. Oklahoma
  11. Florida
  12. Auburn
  13. Baylor
  14. Wisconsin
  15. Michigan
  16. Notre Dame
  17. Cincinnati
  18. Memphis
  19. Texas
  20. Iowa
  21. Boise State
  22. Oklahoma State
  23. Navy
  24. Kansas State
  25. Appalachian State

Notably, half of the Big 12 is currently ranked in the CFP top 25. Kansas State lost to Texas on Saturday, but managed to stay ranked. Meanwhile the Longhorns have moved into the poll, and Oklahoma State climbs up to No. 22.

The Sooners’ playoff hopes took a hit by not being able to close more convincingly against ISU, and from a perception standpoint it’s showing. Minnesota likely would have jumped Oklahoma anyway, but the fact that Penn State remains ahead of OU after its defeat to the Golden Gophers is the tell-tale sign that the committee isn’t seeing enough from the Crimson & Cream at this point.

Alabama fell two spots after its five-point defeat to LSU, while the Tigers supplanted Ohio State for the top of the heap. Even with such a high ranking, the Crimson Tide likely need a good amount of chaos to avoid being jumped by other one-loss teams still squarely in conference championship contention.

Oklahoma’s playoff hopes aren’t done yet, but the path just became quite a bit more unstable. If the Sooners want any chance of earning their way into the top four, not only do they have to win out, they must do so handily — starting this weekend at unbeaten Baylor. It’s a great opportunity, and realistically the best shot OU will have to make a definitive statement the rest of the way.

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