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Sooner State makes leaps in AP Top 25

The top three in the Associated Press Top 25 remained unchanged, but the state of Oklahoma has two teams on the rise in the football poll.

No. 4 Oklahoma State is the highest ranked team from the Big 12 and fellow conference and state rival Oklahoma moved up five spots to No. 7 on Sunday.

The top three of No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Alabama remain unchanged. The top-ranked Tigers have 34 first-place votes, Ohio State received 23 and Alabama four.

Notre Dame is No. 5 and unbeaten Iowa moved up two spots to No. 6. Florida moved up three spots to No. 8. Two of the four American Athletic Conference teams that were in the Top 25 last week fell out after losses: Temple, 44-23 at USF; and Memphis, 35-34 at Houston.

Oklahoma made its big jump after beating Baylor 44-34 in Waco, Texas. The Bears slipped from No. 4 to No. 10, helping Oklahoma State move up a spot. The Cowboys rallied from 17 points down to win 35-31 at Iowa State on Saturday.

"You come into an undefeated team ranked that high, waiting on you, and win by 10, it's got to be a positive," Sooners coach Bob Stoops said when asked if the win at Baylor sent a message.

The Big 12's top four teams are all in Oklahoma on Saturday night: Oklahoma State hosts Baylor, and Oklahoma hosts No. 11 TCU.

The new College Football Playoff rankings will be released Tuesday night.

SWEET 16 FOR UT SOCCER: Former Plant High standout Nastasia Asgedom sent a low cross into the box for Cici Gonzalez and the senior captain out of Steinbrenner High drove home the winner in the 90th minute, giving Tampa a 1-0 victory over host North Alabama in the second round of the NCAA Division II women's tournament. The Spartans advance to the Sweet 16 and play Sunshine State Conference rival Barry in Jefferson City, Tenn. … In the American Athletic Conference men's final played at USF, Tulsa defeated UConn 4-3 on penalty kicks. The men's NCAA tournament field will be announced today.

Sooner State makes leaps in AP Top 25 11/15/15 [Last modified: Sunday, November 15, 2015 9:34pm]
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