We found out earlier that the Sooners are headed to South Beach to take on Alabama in the Orange Bowl, and now the rest of the CFB Playoff Rankings has been announced.
After losing to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game, the Longhorns dropped to 15th, one spot ahead of the Mountaineers. The only other Big 12 team ranked (unsurprisingly) is Iowa State at 24. The Cyclones held
Big 12 in the CFB Playoff Rankings
4. Oklahoma Sooners
15. Texas Longhorns
16. West Virginia Mountaineers
24. Iowa State Cyclones
All the attention was on the four spot, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the rankings are free of drama.
Oklahoma at 4 – The Sooners were the obvious selection here. They are a 1-loss Power Five Champion, and they avenged their loss in the Big 12 Championship. And for as much flack as the Big 12 gets for the rematch, without that game, Oklahoma isn’t in.
Ohio State at 6 – Here’s where I disagree with the rankings. I’m not sure how you give the Sooners the nod over 2-loss Georgia, but not the Buckeyes who are also a 1-loss Power Five Champion.
UCF at 8 – The Knights aren’t happy with their final ranking, but seems about right. I know they are the feel-good story, but you can’t put them into the playoff when everyone else played a 10-game Power Five schedule. There’s a big difference between getting up for one game than playing those games week in and week out. Eighth is the highest a Group of Five team has ever been ranked in the CFB Playoff, and they should take pride in that.
No Army? – Army is 9-2, but failed to make the final standings. This is a travesty.
What stands out to you in the rankings? Let us know in the comments.