Oklahoma’s loss to Iowa State has temporarily left the Sooners out of the College Football Playoff picture. But there’s a possibility their drop goes beyond that.
In the latest bowl projections by Bleacher Report’s Kerry Miller, Oklahoma is projected to face Notre Dame in the Camping World Bowl. The historic program last faced in a home-and-home series in 2012 and 2013, with the road team as the victor in both matchups. The Fighting Irish won 30-13 in 2012, while the Sooners took the 2013 matchup, 35-21.
Miller was excited at the prospect of what would be only the fourth meeting between the teams since 1968.
“Notre Dame’s unstoppable rushing attack against Oklahoma’s unstoppable passing attack would be a ton of fun to watch,” Miller wrote.”
Of course, the Camping World Bowl isn’t one of the two College Football Playoff semifinals. It’s also not part of the other New Year’s Six bowls. Given the Sooners’ 38-31 loss to Iowa State came at home, Miller said he couldn’t place Oklahoma in the spotlight.
“Oklahoma’s loss to Iowa State shook things up in a big way,” he wrote. “Prior to that shocker, the Sooners were a strong No. 3 thanks to the convincing road win over Ohio State. But when you lose at home to a team that hasn’t even won eight games in any of the past 16 seasons, you free-fall from No. 3 to something more in the No. 16 range.”
The Sooners obviously have time to rebound from the upset. Oklahoma won 17 straight Big 12 games before Saturday’s loss, so it’s completely possible for the team to make another run through the conference. A 12-1 record with a third straight Big 12 title, not to mention having the best quarterback in the country in Baker Mayfield, would make it difficult for the Playoff committee to leave out the Sooners.
The path to redemption begins Saturday with the Red River Showdown.
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