On Sunday the College Football Playoff committee released their final rankings for the 2015 football season. After a fantastic Championship Saturday the top four teams are who we thought they would be.
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Oklahoma had the weekend off to watch the rest of the top teams in the country playing in their conference championship games. That might not have been a bad thing for them as the underdog won in both of the Big 12 games that were played on Saturday.
“There were people in the room that thought Oklahoma could be the #1 team.”, committee chairman Jeff Long told ESPN.
When the rankings were revealed though, the Sooners weren’t number one. In fact, they slipped from third to fourth. I’m not exactly sure why the fall other than for matchup considerations, especially in light of Long’s comments, but it doesn’t matter as long as they are in.
For the Oklahoma that means a trip to the Orange Bowl for a rematch of their bowl game last year against Clemson. For those that don’t remember Clemson dismantled Oklahoma 40-6 in the Russell Athletic Bowl, and the Tiger’s are the only team remaining on the Sooner’s 2015 revenge tour.
For the Big 12 this represents a good shift from last season where both of the Big 12’s best were left out of the playoff by the Committee. Conference commissioner said before the year that he thought the Big 12 is in a good position, and with conference champion essentially in the playoff a week before everyone else, it’s hard to argue otherwise.
Here’s the rest of the playoff rankings.