After wrapping up the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 23-16 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday, the Oklahoma Sooners have fallen to No. 4 in Week Four of the AP Top 25 Poll. It’s not ideal for an OU team that is still searching for its stride, but things can change quickly with Big 12 play on deck.
POLL ALERT: Clemson, Ohio State slip after weekend when lots of ranked teams had issues; Penn State jumps to No. 6.— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) September 19, 2021
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Full AP Poll rankings below:
- Penn State
- Texas A&M
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Ole Miss
- Iowa State
- Coastal Carolina
- Michigan State
- North Carolina
- Fresno State
- Kansas State
News and Notes:
- The Alabama Crimson Tide solidified itself as the nation’s top team after taking care of business in the swamp against the Florida Gators. Strangely enough, despite the loss, UF actually comes out looking quite a bit better than it did going into the game after going toe-to-toe with the reigning national champs.
- The Penn State Nittany Lions have quickly elevated themselves as not only a legitimate Big Ten title contender, but also a contender for the College Football Playoff after handling the Auburn Tigers behind an electric white-out in Happy Valley. If the Ohio State Buckeyes want to retain their league throne, they’ll have to fix their defensive issues while also holding off PSU and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
- Just three weeks into the season, the Oregon Ducks look like the Pac-12 Conference’s last hope for reaching the CFP. Both the UCLA Bruins and Arizona State Sun Devils suffered losses on Saturday, leaving UO as the lone undefeated team left from the west coast’s Power Five league.
- The Cincinnati Bearcats notched a big win on the road versus the Indiana Hoosiers. Crashing the playoff party at the end of the season remains a long shot for any Group of Five team, but UC is on the right track with a couple big tests left to go.
- Even after losing starting QB Skylar Thompson indefinitely, the Kansas State Wildcats are unbeaten and have joined the land of the top 25. If KSU can handle the also-unblemished Oklahoma State Cowboys this weekend, OU will have an opportunity to play its first ranked opponent of the season the following week.
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