Oklahoma football: Sooners move up to No. 3 in both polls

Oklahoma football moved up two spots, to No. 3, in the Associated Press Top 25 for what is actually Week 3 of the half-in, half-out 2020 college football season.

The Sooners are also ranked third in the Coaches Poll for Week 3, an advancement of three spots in that poll.

Clemson and Alabama remain one and two in both national rankings, with Georgia checking in at No. 4 behind the Sooners. Both Clemson and OU played their season openers over the weekend, while the Crimson Tide and Georgia do not kick off the new season until Sept. 26.

Both national polls have a very different look with a number of teams that you wouldn’t normally see included among the top 25 teams. The reason, of course, is because nearly half the teams that make up the Football Bowl Subdivision have elected not to play football in the fall this year because of COVID-19. That includes two of the Power Five conferences: the Big Ten and Pac-12.

However,, officials in the Big Ten reconvened over the weekend to discuss the possibility of reversing their no-play decision in light of additional information that wasn’t available at the time the decision was made to opt out of fall football.

Texas, also moved up in the rankings, climbing five spots in the AP Poll, from No, 14 to No. 9 (and to No. 8 in the Coaches Poll), and Oklahoma State advanced four spots, to No. 11 in the AP Top-25 and No. 12 in the Coaches Poll.

Iowa State, ranked No. 25 in both polls to start the season, fell out of the rankings after being upset by Louisiana by 17 points at home this past weekend.

 

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