Oklahoma football continued its steady climb in the College Football Playoff rankings, up two more spots to No. 7 after a 28-24 win over TCU.
The Sooners looked shaky at times while knocking off the Horned Frogs, but managed to hold off TCU with a dominant second-half performance from its defense.
The Sooners allowed just 64 passing yards and just over 200 total yards against the No. 40 offense in the country.
In addition to another win, the Sooners were helped out by an Oregon loss to Arizona State and a Penn State defeat at the hands of Ohio State.
Oklahoma still sits behind Utah, Georgia and Alabama in its quest to get to the No. 4 and final spot in the playoff, but got some other good news from the committee that may help push the Sooners into the CFP should it win out.
The Baylor Bears were the highest mover among the top teams, jumping five spots to No. 9 in the country. The Bears dominated Texas 24-10, but also got help from the two losses that helped the Sooners.
That means the Sooners still have two games against ranked opponents – No. 21 Oklahoma State and No. 9 Baylor – to impress voters in the final two weeks of the year.
Utah still has 5-6 Colorado followed by a potential Pac 12 Championship game against Oregon. The Ducks fell from No. 6 all the way back to No. 14.
Georgia and Alabama are still a bit of an issue sitting at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, but the Bulldogs face off against No. 2 LSU this week while Alabama plays in the Iron Bowl against Auburn without its starting quarterback.
What it means
For Sooner fans, this means there will still be plenty of scoreboard watching, but there’s some hope that seemed almost absent a week ago.