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Oklahoma Sooners climb to No. 7 in Week 14 CFP rankings

The path for OU’s playoff push has become a bit more clear.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 23 TCU at Oklahoma Photo by David Stacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Oklahoma Sooners moved up two spots to No. 7 in Tuesday night’s release of the College Football Playoff rankings. Even with the last few games coming down to the wire, the CFP committee is showing it has at least a modicum of respect for what OU is doing. Fellow Big 12 Championship contender Baylor also moved up five spots to potentially set up a top 10 matchup on conference championship Saturday.

Full CFP top 25 rankings below:

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

Oklahoma’s next two opponents are the current No. 21 Oklahoma State Cowboys and the No. 9 Baylor Bears. As of right now, no other one-loss team vying for playoff contention is able to match the opportunity in front of the Sooners in that regard (Minnesota could make a claim with a win over Wisconsin this weekend).

Utah and Alabama both stand in Oklahoma’s way for now. Should the Utes and Crimson Tide each win the rest of their games, it would make for a great debate for the committee going into Selection Sunday. OU doesn’t necessarily control its own destiny, but it’s in the best position it’s had since losing to Kansas State in October.

Oklahoma State was unable to move up in this week’s rankings going into Bedlam, but that doesn’t detract from what should be one of the more interesting matchups of the weekend. The Sooners could continue to boost their playoff resume with a good showing in Stillwater.

There’s a new No. 1 in Ohio State. After handling Penn State rather convincingly, and looking utterly dominant throughout the season, the committee bumped LSU from its perch to make the Buckeyes the top-ranked team in the land.

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