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OU football: Can the Sooners climb back into the discussion for a playoff berth? It won't be easy.


The College Football Playoff committee meets next week for its first rankings of the season. Their work will be more closely followed by Oklahomans, courtesy of OU’s 48-41 loss at Kansas State on Saturday.

The idea that the Sooners could sail into the playoff with a 13-0 record? Gone. OU’s only hope now is to win out, finish 12-1 as the Big 12 champion and get selected by the committee over similarly-accomplished teams.

Résumé comparison is the best for which OU can hope, and that’s why I’ve been doing these weekly résumé rankings. This is what some of the committee members do and what they all should do. 

Rank teams based on what they have done. Not on what you think they will do. Who have you played, where did you play and how did you do?

Bad news for OU. The Sooners’ résumé isn’t good enough to get OU into the current top 10. Iowa State, TCU and OSU can help the Sooners’ résumé a little, and Baylor can help it a lot. Will it be enough?

The Sooners can only hope they find out.

Here is my top 10:

1. LSU 8-0: This is one of the best résumés I can remember – two wins over fellow top-10 teams. It’s so good, a loss to Alabama won’t knock the Tigers far.

2. Penn State 8-0: The Nittany Lions already have a solid résumé, and unbeaten teams Minnesota and Ohio State remain on the schedule.

3. Ohio State 8-0: The Buckeyes’ finishing schedule is even more impressive than Penn State’s – Ohio State plays Penn State and getting-better Michigan.

4. Florida 7-1: The Gators play Georgia in Jacksonville on Saturday. Beat the Bulldogs, and Florida could jump one or both the Big Ten teams ahead of it. 

5. Auburn 6-2: The Tigers played tough at Florida and tough at LSU. I’m not busting down the Tigers because of a 23-20 loss at LSU.

6. Clem 8-0: I know these Tigers haven’t had a rough go of it, but Clemson does have seven wins over Power 5 Conference teams. There’s something to be said for that.

7. Oregon 7-1: The Pac-12 is a little like the Big 12; lots of decent teams in the middle. And Oregon has beaten a bunch of them.

8. Alabama 8-0: Clemson South. Only the Crimson Tide has six wins over Power 5 foes.

9. Utah 7-1: A newcomer to the top 10. The Utes have a résumé quite similar to OU. If you place the Sooners here, I wouldn’t argue.

10. Georgia 6-1: Compared to the Sooners, the Bulldogs have a worse loss (home against South Carolina) but a better win (Notre Dame).

Related Photos
Kansas State wide receiver Joshua Youngblood (23) scores a touchdown against Oklahoma safety Delarrin Turner-Yell (32) during the first half of an NCAA football game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)

Kansas State wide receiver Joshua Youngblood (23) scores a touchdown against Oklahoma safety Delarrin Turner-Yell (32) during the first half of an NCAA football game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (Ian Maule/Tulsa World via AP)

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Berry Tramel

Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,... Read more ›

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