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Texas still No. 14 in College Football Playoff rankings ahead of Big 12 Championship

The Longhorns remained in place at No. 14 in the updated playoff rankings.

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With the regular season now in the rearview, the latest College Football Playoff rankings have released and the Texas Longhorns remained in place at No. 14 overall as they gear up for the Big 12 Championship game, where they’ll meet the playoff-hopeful No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners.

Despite Texas topping the Jayhawks, 24-17, and No. 4 Michigan, No. 8 Washington State, and No. 13 West Virginia each falling over the weekend, the Longhorns were unable to inch closer towards the top 10 ahead of championship weekend.

Nevertheless, the Longhorns are quite likely on pace for a New Year’s Six bowl berth, as Longhorn Network’s Alex Loeb reported that West Virginia is not an option for the Sugar Bowl. For Texas, this means the only scenario in which the Longhorns wouldn’t head to New Orleans would be if Oklahoma wins on Saturday, but is then snubbed from the College Football Playoff, in which case, Oklahoma would play in the Sugar Bowl and Texas would head to the Alamo Bowl.

The Big 12 title game between Texas and Oklahoma is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1 at 11:00 a.m. CT.