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Oklahoma Sooners move up to No. 6 in CFP rankings heading into Big 12 title game

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OU has one last chance to make an impression on the CFP committee before Selection Sunday.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 30 Oklahoma at Oklahoma State Photo by David Stacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Oklahoma Sooners have moved up to No. 6 in the penultimate College Football Playoff rankings for the 2019 season. With only the Big 12 Championship game left to play, OU’s road back to the playoffs will be determined and finalized this weekend.

Full CFP top 25 poll below:

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

Right off the bat with these updated rankings, Oklahoma’s resume stacks up great against the Utah Utes. Since No. 25 Oklahoma State is still in the poll, that gives the Sooners two top 25 wins with another opportunity against the No. 7 Baylor Bears for the Big 12 title game. Meanwhile, the Utes’ lone game against a currently ranked team came against USC in a loss. According to the committee, that’s a better loss than OU’s slip-up at Kansas State, but one would think wins would factor more heavily in the final evaluation.

Speaking of which, Utah will have a chance to finally grab a top 25 win against No. 13 Oregon, but again, that doesn’t quite compare to what Oklahoma has in front of it with Baylor. If UU has the eye test advantage over OU, one also has to question if whether that eye test is more of a result of a weaker overall schedule. Whatever the case may be, it’s safe to say that all eyes will be on that Friday night Pac-12 Championship game.

Having said all of this, the respect shown for Utah up to this point is absolute nonsense. This shouldn’t come down to style points, because the resumé of whichever team wins the Big 12 will be far stronger no matter what. Is there, however, a chance that the committee is simply manufacturing drama at this stage in the proceedings by keeping Utah ahead of Oklahoma for the time being? I think that’s a fair question.

Fortunately, Oregon has a chance to eliminate some of the drama on Friday night. On the other hand, everyone will still have to root for LSU the following afternoon.

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