It would appear that the Oklahoma Sooners can’t do anything right, at least according to the AP voters.
The Sooners a spot, again, to No. 3 in the poll. LSU and Alabama stand ahead of the Sooners. The Crimson Tide moved ahead of the Sooners thanks to a 38-10 romp over then No. 12 Florida in The Swamp.
However, Alabama’s win over the Gators was more an indictment of how much farther Florida has to come to get back to the level of play they enjoyed in 2008 and 2009 than it was of the dominance of Alabama.
There is no doubt that the Crimson Tide are a great team but it’s hard to justify dropping the Sooners a spot when everyone in the country knows that if an SEC team had beaten a Ball State by 56 points at home, there would be no way they would drop behind a team from another conference.
The Sooners are still clearly in the discussion with LSU and Alabama as one of the top three teams in the country. The point gap between No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 4 Wisconsin is over 100 points.
But it’s only one week and the AP poll doesn’t even matter in the end. The Sooners remained No. 1 in the Coaches Poll, which is part of the formula for the BCS Standings. Again, the gap between those three teams and the rest of the country is staggering in that poll as well.
However, it’s a long season and both LSU and Alabama won’t be playing anyone of significance until they face each other on Nov. 5.
In that same stretch, Oklahoma will face two ranked teams, starting with No. 11 Texas in Dallas this weekend. A road trip to Kansas State looms at the end of October. The Wildcats debuted in the polls this week at No. 20 in the AP poll after knocking off No. 15 Baylor on Saturday. It’s highly possible that the Wildcats could be undefeated at 7-0 when the Sooners come to town on October 29.
Oklahoma controls its own destiny and if they continue winning and run the table, there is no doubt that they will be earning a trip to New Orleans for a shot at the program’s eighth national championship in January.
Until then, SEC bias reigns supreme.