If things stay the same when the final rankings are released next Sunday, it would set the Sooners up for a Cotton Bowl semifinal matchup with Alabama, with No. 1 Clemson facing the Big Ten champion in the Orange Bowl.
As for teams ahead of the Big Ten trio, No. 1 Clemson plays North Carolina for the Atlantic Coast Conference title; No. 2 Alabama meets Florida for the Southeastern Conference championship; and No. 3 Oklahoma has won the Big 12 title.
There will be no result from above that will affect Oklahoma (11-1), which has finished its regular season since the Big 12 does not hold a conference championship game. Number one is Clemson, two is Alabama, three is Oklahoma (Iowa in USA Today), four is Iowa (Oklahoma in USA Today) and five is Michigan State. In every circumstance, a No. 4-ranked Iowa team would be left out of the running for a chance at a national title.
Brian Kelly 's math suggests that 10 wins plus two more plays would have equaled 12-0, which would have equaled a No. 1 ranking and a spot in the College Football Playoff for Notre Dame.
The most likely scenario in which Ohio State could join the conversation would be for North Carolina to knock off Clemson. So let me do your research for you and let you know which teams the major polls say are ruling the roost - and, of course, who among them are still unbeaten. They still have an outside opportunity to make the College Football Playoff.
Iowa is an underdog to Michigan State, while Ohio State and Stanford are hot on their tails. Stanford, with it's two losses, and North Carolina, with it's unimpressive wins, can still convince the committee with dominating performances this weekend.
Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops embraces K-State head coach Bill Snyder following the No. 19 Sooners' 55-0 defeat of the Wildcats on October 17, 2015, in Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
For example, if UNC beats Clemson and Alabama beats Florida, then the final four would probably be Alabama, Iowa or Michigan State, Oklahoma, and Ohio State. Stanford has beaten two ranked teams in No. 8 Notre Dame and No. 20 Southern California. Coming off a win over Notre Dame, Stanford would make a strong case for the CFP with a conference title victory over a revitalized USC team.
An early warning to Alabama's Nick Saban: Some of your players, just like some of OU's, will find out their draft status before that game is played. North Carolina's high powered offense flew out of the gates, putting up a whopping 35 points in this first quarter and taking a 35-14 lead into the half.
The Playoff's inconsistent handling of strength of schedule could pale in comparison to one more possibility: Clemson losing the ACC Championship Game and still reaching the Playoff. "The No. 1 team will determine where we go", he said. 12 MI, and the Spartans will be in the top four if they beat Iowa.
There was little to no debate, though, about Oklahoma, which retained its No. 3 ranking following last Saturday's 58-23 Bedlam blowout win at Oklahoma State.