The Baylor Bears moved to No. 7 in the final College Football Playoff Top 25 rankings, released a couple of hours after the Playoff field was released.
The Bears (12-1) defeated Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Championship game on Saturday, giving the Bears their first Big 12 title since 2014 and cementing their place in the Sugar Bowl, where the Bears will face Ole Miss on Jan. 1.
The Bears were the highest-ranked Big 12 team in the final CFP rankings.
Oklahoma State (11-2), which was No. 5 in last week’s CFP rankings, fell to No. 9 after the loss to the Bears. The Cowboys are headed for the Fiesta Bowl, where they’ll face NotreDame on New Year’s Day.
Oklahoma (10-2), which didn’t play last week, came in at No. xx in the final CFP rankings. 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.
Three future Big 12 members made the final CFP Top 25. Cincinnati became the first Group of 5 team to make the playoff, coming in at No. 4. BYU was No. x and Houston was No. x, despite its loss to Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference title game on Saturday.
The complete CFP Top 25 features No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Cincinnati, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Baylor, No. 8 Ole Miss, No. 9 Oklahoma State, No. 10 Michigan State, No. 11 Utah, No. 12 Pitt, No. 13 BYU, No. 14 Oregon, No. 15 Iowa, No. 16 Oklahoma, No. 17 Wake Forest, No. 18 NC State, No. 19 Clemson, No. 20 Houston, No. 21 Arkansas, No. 22 Kentucky, No. 23 Louisiana, No. 24 San Diego State, and No. 25 Texas A&M.
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