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Oklahoma in College Football Playoff semifinals with game against Texas looming


Another week of upsets has led to more changes to the College Football Playoff picture.

This week’s team heading out of the field is Oregon after the Ducks were stunned by Stanford in overtime. That was the easy decision. The hard part is sorting out who moves in to join the SEC’s Alabama and Georgia and Big Ten representative Iowa.

The Pac-12 doesn’t have another realistic option. Neither does the ACC. So that brings us to the Big 12 or the possibility of Cincinnati crashing the party.

For now, the honor goes to Oklahoma, though the ground for the Sooners is shaky with their annual test against Texas coming Saturday. There also is Oklahoma State and possibly Iowa State looming later in the season and Oklahoma has been living on the edge in its previous wins.

An Oklahoma loss could put the Bearcats in the mix to make the field should they finish without a loss. A Group of Five team in the playoff may seem far-fetched, however there are only 10 unbeatens left in the Power Five and seven of those are concentrated in the Big Ten and SEC. It’s looking more likely that two or fewer leagues will have unbeaten champions. It’s setting up to be an interesting debate come December.

The change to the playoff field isn’t the only significant adjustment. The New Year’s Six games also needed a major shuffle for the second consecutive week. UCLA, Florida and Mississippi fall out after losses. The door swings open for Kentucky, Brigham Young and Texas.

Follow colleges reporter Erick Smith on Twitter @ericksmith

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Oklahoma in College Football Playoff in latest bowl projections



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