Had the Cyclones not been ranked, OU would have had zero wins against CFP's top 25 teams.
So far this college football season, all of the rankings you've seen have been based on the Associated Press poll or the Coaches' Poll.
As has been the case for several years, though, real strength of this team continues to be its defensive unit - which returned three All-Americans from 2017. The same four teams are Nos.
The top four teams qualify for a spot in the two semifinal games on December 29.
There are five ACC representatives in the first edition of this year's CFP rankings, featuring one more than this week's AP Poll. Clemson was the only team to be somewhere in the top four in all six rankings from the committee. The Tigers blasted Florida State 59-10 on Saturday, handing the Seminoles their worst home loss in program history.
The very first committee rankings, in 2014, had just one eventual playoff team.
15 for the first week in 2015 and No. 5 past year, and the Sooners were able to make the climb into the final four spots when it mattered most. Both of those years, Alabama and Clemson started in the top four and never slipped out.
New rankings will be revealed every Tuesday by the 13-member committee until the final selections are announced December 2. But it seems the committee cares only about resume. The second-to-last rankings had Florida State at fourth, behind three teams that had already lost.
All season, BC's accomplishments have been traced back to its 2008 counterpart-the last Eagles team to crack the AP Poll and make it to the ACC Championship. Victor could still be a non-factor if it loses in the SEC championship game or before that juncture. "Bottom line is pretty much every team that's in there, if they win, they are in, because a lot of them are going to play each other".
Florida State (4-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won three of its past four games after a awful start under first-year coach Willie Taggart that had some fans wondering if another dark, freefall was ahead for the former powerhouse program. Oklahoma in 2015 was 15th in the first top 25 and fourth on selection Sunday.
They led Wake Forest 28-0 by halftime, were up over then 16th-ranked North Carolina State 31-0 early in the third quarter and led 45-0 at Florida State before the Seminoles scored late in the third quarter.