Oklahoma’s stunning loss to Kansas State this past weekend sent shockwaves through the college football landscape – and in the College Football Playoff race in particular.
While there is still plenty of time for Oklahoma to recover, one analyst believes that Saturday’s loss spelled the end of their national title hopes.
In his weekly spot on WJOX, ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum expressed his belief that the loss to Kansas State means “Oklahoma is done.” Finebaum went so far as to say that Pac-12 titan Oregon has a better CFP case right now.
“Oklahoma is done,” Finebaum said Monday on WJOX. “Anyone who tries to argue that they’re not is just simply being foolish. There are plenty of teams around that are going to be in better shape than Oklahoma, including Oregon, another team that a lot of us gave last rights to. Oregon keeps surviving, but at least they’re moving in the right direction.”
It’s not an unreasonable assessment for Finebaum to make. Last year, Ohio State lost to then-unranked Purdue and narrowly missed out on the CFP despite a conference title and a 12-1 record.
However, in 2017 Oklahoma managed to get in despite a loss at home to Iowa State.
Unsurprisingly, Finebaum asserted that Oklahoma’s loss was the SEC’s gain. He believes that the SEC now has much higher odds of getting two teams in the College Football Playoff.
“The SEC was the biggest winner on Saturday. That’s easy to understand. The odds of the SEC getting two teams in the playoffs went up dramatically.”
But even in years of SEC dominance, Oklahoma has still found ways to get into the CFP with one loss. If the Sooners can win out and claim the Big 12 title, they may still have a shot.
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