When the first College Football Playoff rankings were revealed Tuesday night, the Sooners stood at No. 5 and the Cowboys at No. 11.
In the Big 12, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State sit amid a four-way tie at the top of the standings, along with Iowa State and TCU, at 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the conference.
So clearly, there’s plenty at stake for both sides.
Both quarterbacks have playmakers spread across the field, which is why Oklahoma averages 586.1 yards per game to lead the nation, two spots ahead of Oklahoma State’s 569.3.
At a glance, the Cowboys may have the better defense, as its cast of young players has grown on the go, playing vital roles in wins the past two weeks at Texas and West Virginia.
With both teams currently on a collision course for the SEC title game, the Dec. 2 game in Atlanta could serve as a sort of playoff game for the CFP.
Following the SEC titans are six teams sitting at 7-1, led by Notre Dame at No. 3. The Fighting Irish’s lone loss came at home to newly minted No. 1 Georgia. If the standings hold, Notre Dame could potentially leapfrog Georgia, should the Bulldogs lose to the Crimson Tide in the SEC title game.
“I felt like if we continued to win football games we would create our own story at the end of the year,” Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly told ESPN.
The fourth-ranked team is Clemson. At 7-1, the defending champions have flown a bit under the radar, but clearly the committee did not penalize the Tigers for a shocking road loss to Syracuse in which Clemson lost starting quarterback Kelly Bryant to injury.
Georgia checked in at No. 1, ahead of Alabama, in the first CFP rankings. That means the Bulldogs would play Clemson in the Sugar Bowl, while the Tide would get Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl.