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OU football: Sooners, Baylor both rise in playoff rankings

Oklahoma rose to No.  7 in the College Football Playoff committee rankings released Tuesday night, and Oklahoma State stayed at No. 21.

But the big news was that Baylor rose to No. 9, after being ranked No. 14 last week. That gives the Sooners a much bigger target in the December 7 Big 12 Championship Game in Arlington, Texas.

OU finishes the regular season with Bedlam on Saturday in Stillwater, giving the Sooners a chance at back-to-back victories over top-25 teams, including a top-10 team.

ESPN analysts called Baylor's rise a "market correction."

“We do start with a clean sheet each week,” said committee chairman Rob Mullens, the Oregon athletic director. “In the last two weeks, Baylor had the dominant win this week (24-10 over Texas), following the close loss against  a highly-ranked Oklahoma team, to add to their resume’ where they already had two wins against ranked opponents. The committee felt they deserved to be at No. 9.”

Here are the rankings:

1. Ohio State 11-0

2. LSU 11-0

3. Clemson 11-0

4. Georgia 10-1

5. Alabama 10-1

6. Utah 10-1

7. Oklahoma 10-1

8. Minnesota 10-1

9. Baylor 10-1

10. Penn State 9-2

11. Florida 9-2

12. Wisconsin 9-2

13. Michigan 9-2

14. Oregon 9-2

15. Auburn 8-3

16. Notre Dame 9-2

17. Iowa 8-3

18. Memphis 10-1

19. Cincinnati 10-1

20. Boise State 10-1

21. Oklahoma State 8-3

22. Southern Cal 8-4

23. Iowa State 7-4

24. Virginia Tech 8-3

25. Appalachian State 10-1

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Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts (1) rushes in the fourth quarter during an NCAA football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the TCU Horned Frogs at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. OU won 28-24. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts (1) rushes in the fourth quarter during an NCAA football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the TCU Horned Frogs at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. OU won 28-24. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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