The Oklahoma Sooners capped off their season with a statement victory over rival Oklahoma State this weekend. After a back and forth first quarter, the Sooners took off and never looked back, scoring three unanswered touchdowns over a span of seven minutes in the second quarter. With a 24 point lead at halftime, the Sooner dominance didn't stop there. The Sooner defense held Oklahoma State to just 3 points in the second half, helping secure the 58-23 victory.
Michigan State and Oklahoma were the only top six teams that pulled off impressive victories this past weekend. Clemson played sloppy but survived a scare from South Carolina. Alabama struggled with Auburn for the majority of the game, Iowa pulled out a win despite being outgained 250-433 by Nebraska, and #6 Notre Dame lost to Stanford. With that said, Oklahoma is currently the only team in the nation who has their ticket to the playoff punched. A year after being left out in the dark, the Big 12 is in. Clemson faces a tricky matchup with North Carolina in the ACC championship, Alabama should handle Florida with no problems, and the Big 10 champion is also in.
Many people will surely complain that Oklahoma's loss to Texas should have a more negative impact on their standing, but that is not a strong argument. After all, anything goes in a college football rivalry game. However, in spite of a loss to a 4-7 team, Oklahoma may have the most impressive resume in the nation. The selection committee has made it very clear that they will select their field of four based off of who the teams have beat.
The question is who did your team beat recently, not who did they lose to in October. Since their loss to Texas, Oklahoma has outscored their opponents by a combined 364-136. In that span, Oklahoma played three of the nation's top four offenses (in terms of yards per game). And despite playing some of the most high octane offenses in the nation Oklahoma is tied for #19 in scoring defense, giving up 20.8 points per game. The Sooner offense is averaging 592 yards per game since the Texas loss, and has put up 50+ points in five of seven games. With three wins over current top 20 teams, and five wins against teams that were ranked at the time of the game, Oklahoma has bragging rights no other playoff contender does. Oklahoma is currently the best team in college football.
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