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Oklahoma Sooners Football: OU climbs to No. 19 in AP Poll

Also, the Big 12 race widens as two previously unbeaten members lost on Saturday.

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The Oklahoma Sooners enter the month of November on a three-game winning streak, and after thrashing Texas Tech, 62-28 on Halloween night, OU has risen to No. 19 in this week's AP Top 25 Poll.

Full AP Top 25 Poll

  1. Clemson
  2. Alabama
  3. Ohio State
  4. Notre Dame
  5. Georgia
  6. Cincinnati
  7. Texas A&M
  8. Florida
  9. BYU
  10. Wisconsin
  11. Miami
  12. Oregon
  13. Indiana
  14. Oklahoma State
  15. Coastal Carolina
  16. Marshall
  17. Iowa State
  18. SMU
  19. Oklahoma
  20. USC
  21. Boise State
  22. Texas
  23. Michigan
  24. Auburn
  25. Liberty

Also receiving votes:

Northwestern 106, Louisiana-Lafayette 101, North Carolina 92, Penn State 87, Tulsa 73, Army 57, Kansas State 51, West Virginia 44, Utah 44, Washington 21, Purdue 15, Virginia Tech 11, San Diego State 8, Arizona State 7, Appalachian State 6, Wake Forest 5, Michigan State 4, California 3

A few notes:

  • After an 0-2 start in conference play for Oklahoma, a path to the Big 12 Championship Game is starting to clear. The Texas Longhorns taking down the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Stillwater was major, as the Sooners now have the opportunity to control a possible tie-breaker scenario with OSU by winning Bedlam and winning out.
  • Speaking of Texas, they're BACK (in the top 25)!
  • Having the Kansas State Wildcats lose in Morgantown was also significant in regards to OU's Big 12 title hopes. Unfortunately for KSU, things don't get any easier next week, as Oklahoma State is set to visit Manhattan on Saturday.
  • Five undefeated G5 teams are ranked in this week's poll, with Cincinnati at No. 6, Coastal Carolina at 15, Marshall at 16, Boise State at 21 and Liberty at 25. Also, there's BYU at No. 9. As an Independent with a watered down schedule, they're likely going to be treated as such when the initial College Football Playoff rankings are announced later this month. Perhaps this will be the year one of these teams can finally crash the CFP party, but for now, history isn't on their side.

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