At No. 9 nationally, the Oklahoma Sooners don’t exactly control their own destine going forward.
A recent loss to Iowa State dropped the Sooners out of the immediate College Football Playoff discussion and getting back into the thick of things will require others to lose, as well.
When it’s all said and done, Sports Illustrated envisions Oklahoma falling just short, appearing in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl against No. 13 Notre Dame, instead.
The publication also has TCU in a showdown with Alabama in the playoff battle with Alabama. If that proved to be the case, it would likely mean the Horned Frogs topped the Sooners in Norman, Okla., as a loser of that Nov. 11 meeting is expected to see its playoff hopes come to an effective end.
Per ESPN’s FPI, Oklahoma is projected to beat TCU, but do so coming off of a Bedlam loss to No. 10 Oklahoma State en route to a 10-2 regular season finish. Notre Dame’s road to the Cotton Bowl will come with far more roadblocks, as the Irish are set to see five ranked teams throughout their final seven games beginning with No. 11 USC on Saturday.
Notre Dame is projected to lose two of its remaining games, which would then pit a two-loss Sooners squad against a three-loss Irish unit Arlington on Dec. 29.
Oklahoma trails the all-time series with Notre Dame 2-8, but the Sooners did come out on top of the last meeting in Norman, 35-21.