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Oklahoma Sooners Ranks No. 5 In Final AP Poll, Oklahoma State No. 11

Rich DeCray

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The Oklahoma Sooners started the season 1-2 before running the conference table. Steadily climbing the polls throughout the year, Baker Mayfield and the rest of the gang earned a bid to play in the Sugar Bowl. Facing the Auburn Tigers, many expected a tight battle. However, OU ran away with the game after refusing to give up touchdowns in the second and third quarter. Securing another win over an SEC opponent, Bob Stoops witnessed the Sooners move up to No. 5 in the Final AP Poll.

As far as Oklahoma State is concerned, I wasn’t willing to give them a win on paper over the Colorado Buffaloes. However, the Cowboys proved they deserved behind a stellar performance from Mason Rudolph. Racking up 314 yards and three touchdowns through the air, OSU scored 38 poins while the defense held Colorado to a mere eight. The win moved the Cowboys up two spot in the final poll to No. 11 in the nation.

AP Top 25

RK

TEAM

REC

PTS

TREND

1

Clemson(60)

14-1

1500

2

Alabama

14-1

1440

3

USC

10-3

1292

4

Washington

12-2

1277

5

Oklahoma

11-2

1252

6

Ohio State

11-2

1240

7

Penn State

11-3

1130

8

Florida State

10-3

1105

9

Wisconsin

11-3

1032

10

Michigan

10-3

1001

11

Oklahoma State

10-3

920

12

Stanford

10-3

730

13

LSU

8-4

651

14

Florida

9-4

640

15

Western Michigan

13-1

619

16

Virginia Tech

10-4

610

17

Colorado

10-4

585

18

West Virginia

10-3

368

19

South Florida

11-2

358

20

Miami

9-4

338

NR

21

Louisville

9-4

277

22

Tennessee

9-4

253

NR

23

Utah

9-4

222

NR

24

Auburn

8-5

206

25

San Diego State

11-3

113

NR

Making the most surprising jump in the final poll is the USC Trojans. A 6.5 point favorite to win the Rose Bowl against the Penn State Nittany Lions, the Trojans managed to win the game but failed to cover the spread. Why reward a three loss team playing in their own backyard with a spot inside top three? It remains a mystery to all of the people I have talked with…

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