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AP Top 25: Baylor Moves To No. 6 After Big 12 Championship

The Baylor Bears moved to No. 6 in the Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday after their 21-16 victory over Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Championship game.

The victory allowed the Bears (12-1) to take the lead position among Big 12 teams in the final poll before the College Football Playoff and bowl games. The Bears are expected to head to the Sugar Bowl as a result of not being selected for the playoff but being the Big 12 champion. The Bears would face the highest-ranked SEC team that doesn’t make the playoff field.

The Cowboys (11-2), meanwhile, fell from No. 5 to No. 9 after the loss to the Bears. The Cowboys are projected to be selected for a New Year’s Six bowl game as an at-large berth. That could be either the Fiesta Bowl or the Peach Bowl.

 

Oklahoma (10-2, 7-2), which didn’t play last week, came in at No. 14 in the Top 25. The Sooners are conducting a search to replace Lincoln Riley, and all signs are pointing toward the Sooners hiring their former defensive coordinator, Brent Venables, who is now in the same position at Clemson. The Sooners are waiting for their bowl berth, and former Sooners head coach Bob Stoops will serve as the interim head coach for that bowl game.

The complete Top 25 features No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Cincinnati, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 6 Baylor, No. 7 Ohio State, No. 8 Ole Miss, No. 9 Oklahoma State, No. 10 Utah, No. 11 Michigan State, No. 12 BYU, No. 13 Pitt, No. 14 Oklahoma, No. 15 Oregon, No. 16 Louisiana, No. 17 Iowa, No. 18 NC State, No. 19 Clemson, No. 20 Wake Forest, No. 21 Houston, No. 22 Arkansas, No. 23 Texas A&M, No. 24 UTSA, and No. 25 Kentucky.

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