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AP Top 25: Oklahoma Sooners Take 8-Spot Tumble

Oklahoma took an eight-spot tumble after its loss to Baylor on Saturday, as the Sooners fell to No. 12 in the Associated Press Top 25 football poll after the games of Week 11.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma State held relatively steady after throttling TCU, moving up to No. 9, and Baylor slid up from No. 18 to No. 11 after ending its losing streak to the Sooners.

They were the only three Big 12 teams to find a place in the Top 25. Iowa State, which had received 26 votes last week, fell to Texas Tech, 41-38, and received no votes this week. Kansas State was the only other Big 12 team to receive votes, as the Wildcats received 12.

 

The Sooners had held steady in the Top 4 for most of the season, in spite of being No. 8 in the first two College Football Playoff rankings. The Sooners were one of four undefeated teams in the country before falling to Baylor, 27-14, on Saturday. While the Sooners still control their own destiny when it comes to the Big 12 Championship game, their eight-spot drop signals a significant drop is likely in the CFP rankings on Tuesday.

Oklahoma State, which beat TCU, 63-17, wasn’t able to move up much from its No. 10 ranking from a week ago. Oklahoma was the only team in front of the Cowboys that lost on Saturday. But, the Cowboys remain in the running for an outright Big 12 regular-season title, assuming it wins its final two games, which includes the Bedlam game with Oklahoma. The Cowboys also control their own destiny in terms of claiming a berth in the Big 12 Championship game.

The Bears don’t control their destiny, but they kept themselves in the running for the Big 12 title game by defeating the Sooners. The Bears surging ahead of the Sooners in the poll was representative of their head-to-head win. The Bears still need help to get to Arlington.

Future Big 12 member Cincinnati dropped from No. 2 to No. 3, despite beating South Florida. Alabama moved up to No. 2. Georgia was No. 1.

This coming Saturday is a big one in the Big 12, as Oklahoma hosts Iowa State, Texas Tech hosts Oklahoma State, West Virginia hosts Texas, TCU hosts Kansas and Kansas State hosts Baylor.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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