When Texas and Oklahoma meet on Saturday, they will do so as highly-ranked adversaries.
After closing out the regular season with a 24-17 win over Kansas, Texas climbed two spots in the Associated Press’ national poll on Sunday. Ranked 11th last week, Texas (9-3, 7-2 Big 12) earned 959 points and jumped into the poll’s ninth slot. Top-ranked Alabama received all 61 of the first-place votes and 1,525 total points.
Texas was also ranked ninth in the USA Today Coaches Poll on Sunday. The College Football Playoff rankings are not released until Tuesday.
AP voters and the nation’s coaches ranked only four teams ahead of Oklahoma this week. The Sooners (11-1, 8-1) moved up a spot in both polls after Michigan lost to Ohio State and they posted a 59-56 win over West Virginia.
Texas and Oklahoma will play for the Big 12’s championship on Saturday. The AT&T Stadium-hosted melee will mark only the ninth time in the last 40 years that both teams have been ranked in the top 10 of the AP’s poll. Texas is 4-3-1 in the previous eight games.
Ranked Red River RivalryOnly eight times in the past 40 years have Texas and Oklahoma met with both programs ranked among the top 10 teams in the Associated Press' national poll.
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