Soon­ers climb one spot, to No. 4 in CFP rank­ings

Tulsa World - - Sports - By Eric Bai­ley • Tulsa World

Ok­la­homa marched into a cov­eted top-four spot of the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off rank­ings, which were re­leased Tues­day night. The Soon­ers climbed one notch to No.

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10-0 8-2 9-1 8-2 8-2 8-2 4, po­si­tion­ing them­selves into a good spot. The top four schools at the end of the reg­u­lar sea­son ad­vance to the CFP, which de­ter­mines the na­tional cham­pion.

The No. 4 rank­ing nears a high-wa­ter mark for the Soon­ers. In 2015, OU made it as high as No. 3 be­fore fin­ish­ing fourth in the fi­nal rank­ing to earn a berth in the play­off.

This week's top four schools are, in or­der, Alabama, Clem­son, Mi­ami and Ok­la­homa.

It wasn't as high a jump as many ex­pected for the Soon­ers af­ter de­feat­ing then-No. 6 TCU 38-20 in Nor­man over the week­end.

CFP Chair­man Kirby Ho­cutt said the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee spent con­sid­er­able

time weigh­ing No. 1-5. Dur­ing a con­fer­ence call af­ter the Top 25 was re­vealed on na­tional tele­vi­sion, he called all five schools “close” and “com­pa­ra­ble” and, as he does weekly, ex­plained that the com­mit­tee looks at each team's en­tire body of work dur­ing a sea­son.

Ho­cutt was asked di­rectly about how much de­bate there was about plac­ing Ok­la­homa higher.

“We talked a lot about the Soon­ers. Three wins against teams ranked in the

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