Oklahoma racked up over 700 yards of offense and 70 points, with ten different players scoring a touchdown, on Saturday night. So why would it be logical to expect the Sooners to drop when the polls released on Sunday? Because the opponent was South Dakota.
Look, I get it. Oklahoma had an opponent back out and they had to find someone in a pinch. South Dakota was more than happy to take a fat paycheck to get beaten down by Jalen Hurts and company, but in the early part of the season, when all of the contenders are undefeated, playing an FCS opponent isn’t going to be a great mark on the resume.
Six teams ranked in this week’s AP Top 25 dropped at least one spot from last week. Half of those did so after a loss but Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Michigan all dropped after winning.
On paper Oklahoma had by far the best performance of those three winning teams but on the field they had by far the worst opponent. All three fell victim to LSU who was the biggest winner of the weekend. The Bayou Bengals, fresh off a 45-38 win at Texas, moved up two spots to #4, causing the slides of the three other Top 10 teams.
Obviously OU fans feel their team has been dropped unjustly and the coaches agree, as evidenced by keeping the Sooners at #4 this week. The good news is that we’re only through two weeks of the season so there’s plenty of time for Oklahoma to bounce back up, especially in an S.E.C. heavy Top 5.
If the Sooners are Top 4 worthy, which I think they are, then time will be the determining factor and not a 70-14 win over South Dakota.
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