In the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season, the 9-0 Oklahoma Sooners finished eighth in the polls. For comparison reasons, Oklahoma is currently fourth in the AP polls. ESPN held its first College Football Playoff rankings show on Tuesday night, with the top four rounding out to be:
- Georgia (8-0)
- Alabama (7-1)
- Michigan State (8-0)
- Oregon (7-1)
The first two out were Ohio State (7-1) and Cincinnati (8-0).
This is the first of a five-week process where the College Football Playoff Committee releases its weekly poll every Tuesday night.
The initial reaction by Sooner fans is that this is somewhat surprising. The team has been inconsistent and has played down to its competition, but most assumed that the 9-0 undefeated record should have carried enough weight to put them in the top four. Regardless, Oklahoma controls its destiny. If they manage to go undefeated in its gauntlet November schedule and win another Big 12 title, it’s going to be hard to imagine the committee leave off an undefeated Power 5 champion from the playoffs.
Oklahoma is currently on its bye and will finish the regular season playing against:
On the road against the 12th ranked Baylor on Nov. 13.
At home against Iowa State on Nov. 20.
On the road against the 11th ranked Oklahoma State on Nov. 27.
The 2021 Big 12 Championship Game will be played at AT&T stadium on Dec. 4. Oklahoma has won the Big 12 Championship for six consecutive seasons (2015-2021), including all six years of Lincoln Riley’s tenure with the team as both offensive coordinator (2015-16) and head coach (2017 to now).
Since its inception in 2014, Oklahoma has made the playoffs four different times in 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Oklahoma has yet to win a playoff game.