Sooner Football: Five Takeaways From Oklahoma’s Victory Over Baylor

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Nov 14, 2015; Waco, TX, USA; A general view of the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy during the game between the Baylor Bears and the Oklahoma Sooners at McLane Stadium. Oklahoma won 44-34. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma’s Goals Are There for the Taking

As if the victory over Baylor wasn’t enough good news, the Sooners also got help on Saturday night from some teams out West. Both Stanford and Utah, the Pac-12 frontrunners, lost on Saturday night, virtually eliminating what will likely be a two loss Pac-12 champion from consideration for the College Football Playoff.

As the season winds down and further craziness ensues, the Sooners’ chances of making the Playoff may continue to improve as long as they keep winning. After all, a Stanford team playing for pride could very well knock off the surging Fighting Irish when they play in Palo Alto on Nov. 28. If that happens, the path to the Playoff for a one-loss Big 12 champion will be clearer.

So the task for the Sooners is simple: Keep on winning and win the Big 12. A surging Sooner team with consecutive November victories over Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma State will be hard for the committee to ignore, in spite of what is increasingly an utterly inexplicable loss to the Texas Longhorns in October.