Oklahoma at No. 8: CFB media reacts to biggest surprise of CFP rankings
The first College Football Playoff rankings were unveiled Tuesday evening on ESPN. Oklahoma’s ranking of No. 8 was the biggest surprise of Tuesday’s reveal.
Lincoln Riley’s squad is the only current 9-win undefeated team. The committee, however, clearly was not impressed by OU’s wins, ranking the Sooners behind one-loss Alabama (No. 2), Oregon (No. 4), Ohio State (No. 6) and Michigan (No. 7) as well as undefeated Group of 5 program Cincinnati (No. 8).
Oklahoma’s ranking produced a wide-ranging media reaction. On Twitter, the most common reaction from media members was surprise. Some media members laughed while others explained the committee’s thinking.
Here’s what’s being said about the Sooners:
Oklahoma has no Top 25 wins, and pretty much every metric the committee values doesn't like them (b.c they've barely beaten bad teams).
Whereas No. 7 Michigan has no Top 25 wins, and a loss, but all the metrics love them.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 2, 2021
No one should be surprised that Oklahoma is down to No. 8. The eye test is real. Brand name bias often overlaps but it's an unfair criticism of the committee. Oklahoma has failed the eye test basically every week and doesn't have a big win.
— David Ubben (@davidubben) November 2, 2021
Oklahoma being at No. 8 doesn't matter. If the Sooners win out, they're getting in the playoff. The tough part of the schedule is ahead of them:
Big 12 title game
— Chris Hummer (@chris_hummer) November 2, 2021
OU fans at the committee, via Twitter: pic.twitter.com/gZJUiwJbvH
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 2, 2021
Wow. Oklahoma at No. 8. Oh boy
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 2, 2021
Man, CFP committee out here dogging Oklahoma
— Zac Al-Khateeb (@ZacAlKhateeb) November 2, 2021
Oklahoma at 8 is stunning.
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) November 2, 2021
It’s official from the CFP: Oklahoma is name brand Wake Forest.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) November 2, 2021
Alright the playoff committee is correct that Oklahoma ain’t it
— Amanda Mull (@amandamull) November 2, 2021
Wow, Oklahoma ranked No. 8 by CFP Committee.
— Katie George (@Katie_George05) November 2, 2021
— BUM CHILLUPS AKA SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) November 2, 2021
You have my attention, Committee. https://t.co/7Pq39rFUVl
— Bill Connelly (@ESPN_BillC) November 2, 2021
OKLAHOMA AT 8?! pic.twitter.com/Y4ozhiGpmg
— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 2, 2021
WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. Oklahoma at 8?! No UTSA? The committee despises mediocre schedules, but …
Where's Cincinnati going to be?
— Pete Fiutak (@PeteFiutak) November 2, 2021