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NORMAN — Oklahoma moved from No. 5 to No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday, despite manhandling then-No. 6 TCU last week. That's it. That's a little disconcerting.
OU isn't going to enhance its resume against Kansas on Saturday. The Sooners might turn some heads by impressing against West Virginia Nov. 25.
Really, though, their next opportunity to truly persuade the playoff committee won't come until Dec. 2 in the Big 12 championship game, assuming they beat KU and West Virginia and qualify. They could face No. 12 TCU or No. 13 Oklahoma State in Arlington, Texas. That's a rematch either way.
And what the committee seemed to tell the Sooners on Tuesday was: “Good as you looked against these guys the first time, you're advised to be even better the second. ”
So about rematches... Lincoln Riley paused Monday when asked if he has ever faced the prospect of beating a team twice in one season. “Good question,” he said. “.... No.”
“I don't know,” he said. “We're gonna try to beat Kansas this week. We'll cross it when we get