Oklahoma is finally in the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings, but even such a placement can be considered a snub.
One of the nation’s hottest teams currently riding a five-game winning streak, which includes back-to-back ranked wins, Oklahoma climbed into the portion of the playoff rankings that matter most on Tuesday, but many expected the Sooners to sit much higher. In fact, some even argued for Oklahoma to own the top spot, with plenty of projections rolling in for the No. 2 ranking, as well.
Instead, No. 2 was given to Clemson and the Sooners fell two spots below at No. 4.
This is a ranking many may not have agreed with, including FOX Sports analyst Joel Klatt, who didn’t mince words when dealing why the Sooners should be ranked ahead of the defending National Champions.
“Clemson two spots ahead of Oklahoma,” Klatt said. “I mean, really?”
To justify his argument, Klatt laid out four points:
- Better wins: Oklahoma has three wins over teams currently ranked in the top-15 of the College Football Playoff rankings. Clemson has just one; No. 6 Auburn.
- Better loss: The Sooners lone loss came to an Iowa State team that’s also beaten TCU and reached as high as No. 15 in the polls. Clemson’s loss came against a Syracuse team that’s now 4-6.
- Circumstances around the loss: Starting quarterback Kelly Bryant went down with an injury in Clemson’s loss to Syracuse, but by the end of Oklahoma’s loss to Iowa State, the Sooners were without six starters.
- Wins vs inflated teams above .500: Oklahoma has beaten three teams to date with at least six wins over Power 5 competition.
"Clemson TWO spots ahead of Oklahoma? I mean, really???"
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 18, 2017
Of course, Klatt’s argument isn’t exactly aligned with the College Football Playoff committee’s thoughts, but it’s a compelling one, nonetheless.
Going forward, though, the question for the Sooners is just how much higher can they climb if Oklahoma can notch wins over Kansas, West Virginia, and potentially, TCU or Oklahoma State with the Big 12 Championship on the line.