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MOVING UP

Seems like a long time ago that Oklahoma lost at home to Kansas State and tumbled out of the top 10.

The Sooners have been making steady progress since, working back to No. 8 this week after pounding Kansas 52-7. Oklahoma has outscored its last three opponents 156-48. Safety Tony Jefferson has led a defense that hasn’t allowed a point over the last two weeks with the first unit on the field and Damien Williams has provide a big-play threat at running back.

Texas Tech, Texas and the Jayhawks are not exactly murderers’ row, but the Sooners have restored some order in Norman and gotten themselves back to the fringe of the national title picture.

They can dive deeper into it Saturday when Notre Dame comes to town, but the Sooners still need plenty of help — in the form of two Kansas State losses — to even have a chance of winning the Big 12.

MOVING DOWN

From No. 5 to No. 25 in two weeks.

Quarterback Geno Smith and the Mountaineers were fifth in the Top 25 after winning at Texas, then fell flat 49-14 against Texas Tech and slipped to No. 17.

A second straight lopsided loss — this time to Kansas State — dropped the Mountaineers (5-2) another eight spots.

Their defense has been a mess, and now the offense can’t keep up.

“I’m not going to sit here and point fingers at anyone else,” Smith said after a deflating night in Morgantown.

After two losses by a combined 76 points — coincidentally the same amount of points they received in the poll — should the Mountaineers be ranked at all? It’s a fair question. Working in their favor is no team in the Top 25 has faced opponents with a better winning percentage than West Virginia’s, who are 33-15 (.686).

Still, Toledo (7-1), which finished first among the others receiving votes with 49 points, has a reasonable gripe.

The Rockets handed Cincinnati its first loss on Saturday at the Glass Bowl in Toledo, and their only loss was in overtime at Arizona.

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