Projecting The Dec. 1 College Football Playoff Ranking

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3. OKLAHOMA SOONERS

RECORD: 11-1, 8-1 Big 12

LAST WEEK: Won at Oklahoma State (10-2, 7-2 Big 12), 58-23

THIS WEEK: Bye

Say hello to the first team in the field of four.

With its 58-23 rout of rival Oklahoma State, ending almost simultaneous to Notre Dame’s loss at Stanford, Oklahoma booked its place in the College Football Playoff.

Circumstances last week ensured the Sooners’ loss to Texas won’t impact the committee’s decision. Notre Dame falling was the biggie, but Florida getting worked over by Florida State likely removed the Gators from the picture.

The comparisons to Ohio State a season ago are easily made. Both sustained ugly, almost inexplicable losses early in the slate, but hit their stride down the stretch.

Oklahoma is clicking offensively, scoring 44 or more in six of the last seven. At 20.8 points per game allowed, the Sooners also boast the best defense in the Big 12.

Assuming Oklahoma holds onto the No. 3 seed, the competition for the No. 1 seed is important. The Sooners are not the semifinal opponents anyone should want to draw.