Texas linebacker Joseph Ossai (46) reacts after Iowa State scored a game-winning field goal to win 23-21 in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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Bohls: OU’s got a real shot at playoffs

Posted November 17th, 2019

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  • If Lincoln Riley's team can get past TCU and surging Oklahoma State and probably the Bears again in the Big 12 championship game, OU has a real shot.
  • I dropped Alabama to ninth on my ballot because the Crimson Tide is not the same team without Tua Tagovailoa. I moved Baylor up one slot.
  • I dropped Indiana, Navy and Texas out of the Top 25.

Very little shakeup in the Top 10 over the weekend, but after watching Oklahoma’s epic comeback to edge Baylor, I really see a path that could take the Sooners to the College Football Playoffs.

With losses by two unbeatens, Baylor and Minnesota, the Sooners can take advantage of that and the fact a Utah-Oregon showdown in the Pac 12 and a LSU-Georgia matchup in the SEC. If Lincoln Riley’s team can get past TCU and surging Oklahoma State and probably the Bears again in the Big 12 championship game, OU has a real shot.

I dropped Alabama to ninth on my ballot because the Crimson Tide is not the same team without Tua Tagovailoa. I moved Baylor up one slot.

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Newcomers on my ballot are Iowa after knocking off Minnesota, Oklahoma State and Pitt. I dropped Indiana, Navy and Texas.

Here’s my Top 25:

  1. LSU
  2. Ohio State
  3. Clemson
  4. Georgia
  5. Oregon
  6. Utah
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Penn State
  9. Alabama
  10. Michigan
  11. Florida
  12. Minnesota
  13. Baylor
  14. Cincinnati
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Auburn
  17. Memphis
  18. SMU
  19. Boise State
  20. Wisconsin
  21. Iowa
  22. Appalachian State
  23. Oklahoma State
  24. Air Force
  25. Pitt

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