If the Sooners want to get back in the College Football Playoff conversation by season's end, it's going to be a long climb back to the top.
After their 38-35 home loss to Kansas State, Oklahoma slots in at 18th in this week's AP poll, their lowest ranking since 2016.
Clemson again leads the field, as the Tigers received 55 of 62 first-place votes. Alabama (three votes) and Ohio State (four) were the other two teams to garner first-place consideration. Florida jumps to No. 3, where the Sooners resided a week ago.
With the Big Ten and Pac-12 reneging on their decisions to cancel their respective fall football seasons, the two conferences are once again represented in this week's poll. Ohio State is the highest-ranked Big Ten team, coming in at No. 6. Penn State ranks 10th, Wisconsin sits at No. 19, and Michigan is 23rd. Oregon is the only Pac-12 team in the top 25, slotting in at No. 14.
Also new to the poll this week is No. 16 Mississippi State, which toppled LSU 44-34 in Death Valley behind Mike Leach's air raid offense. K.J. Costello established a new SEC record with 623 passing yards in the Bulldogs' upset victory.
No. 9 Texas is the highest-ranked team in the Big 12 after rallying to overcome Texas Tech 63-56 in overtime. Oklahoma State is No. 17, one spot ahead of the Sooners. Other Big 12 teams to earn votes in this week's poll include Kansas State (60 votes) and Baylor (22).
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