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OSU Moves into Top Five of AP Poll after Bedlam Victory

The Pokes moved from No. 7 to No. 5 this week.

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Oklahoma State slayed the Crimson dragon in Stillwater on Saturday night and now looks forward to a meeting with Baylor for a Big 12 crown.

For their troubles, the Cowboys moved up two spots in this week’s AP Top 25 to No. 5. It’s the Pokes’ highest AP ranking since making it up to No. 4 in Week 11 back in 2015. OSU also moved up to No. 5 in the AFCA Coaches poll.

Here’s a look at the full ranking.

RankTeam RecordPrev Week
1Georgia12-01
2Michigan11-16
3Cincinnati12-04
4Alabama11-13
5Oklahoma State11-17
6Notre Dame11-15
7Ohio State10-22
8Ole Miss10-28
9Baylor10-29
10Oregon10-211
11Michigan State10-212
12Brigham Young10-213
13Oklahoma10-210
14Utah9-316
15Iowa10-217
16Houston11-119
17Pittsburgh10-220
18Wake Forest10-221
19San Diego State11-122
20UL-Lafayette 11-423
21NC State9-324
22Clemson9-3NR
23Arkansas8-425
24Texas A&M8-414
25Kentucky9-3NR

Elsewhere around the current and future Big 12, Oklahoma dropped three spots to No. 13 after losing to the Pokes while Baylor remained at 9 after holding off a surging Texas Tech team.

The Ohio State loss caused Cincinnati to move up one spot to No. 3 behind Georgia and Michigan. BYU moved a spot to 12 and Houston climbed three spots to 16. The Bearcats and Cougars will square off for an American Athletic title on Saturday.

The ranking that really matters comes out on Tuesday night when the College Football Playoff committee will show its hand on how it feels about the Cowboys. It’s at least encouraging that in both the AP and Coaches poll, the Cowboys leapfrogged Notre Dame.

That shouldn’t be a surprise but, if the committee feels the same, it will be one more step toward OSU making the Final Four. The Cowboys have another Top 10 match with the Bears in Arlington on Saturday and a chance to add a Big 12 title data point.

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