Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield drops back to pass last Saturday against Texas Tech. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield doesn't get this ranking stuff.

The college football world remembers Mayfield boldly planting a crimson OU flag at midfield in Ohio Stadium after the Sooners' resounding 31-16 victory over then-No. 2 Ohio State.

That emphatic statement lost some of its power four weeks later when Oklahoma lost at home to unheralded Iowa State. The Sooners fell below the Buckeyes after that loss and have remained behind them. In the latest AP Top 25, Ohio State is No. 3 and Oklahoma is No. 8.

Last Saturday, Ohio State rallied to beat then-No. 2 Penn State 39-38 in the same building where Oklahoma beat the Buckeyes by 15 points, yet Penn State remains a spot ahead of Oklahoma at No. 7. 

That's a head scratcher for Mayfield.

"There’s got to be a head-to-head matchup," Mayfield said. "There’s got to be some sense to that. You talk about head-to-head. They (Ohio State) beat Penn State. Both of them are still ranked higher than us. I don’t understand it."

Mayfield knows the Sooners took a hit after the loss to Iowa State. But the Cyclones have since beaten then-No. 4 TCU and have shot up to No. 14 in the latest AP poll.
"People might have thrown us in the trash after the Iowa State game," Mayfield said. "Iowa State’s a good team. Obviously, they’ve shown that the past couple of weeks."
Mayfield wonders how the order will play out when the first College Football Playoff rankings are revealed Tuesday night.
"I’ll probably get a recap of what they’re saying because it’s interesting to see how people view us,"' Mayfield said. "Not necessarily that I’m looking for approval. I could care less what they say because the final rankings are what matter, and so that will be down the road." 
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said those who are downgrading the Sooners because they think the Buckeyes have somehow passed them by are making a mistake.

"If they think like that, then we have a broken system and we need to get new people making decisions, if that is how they think," Riley said. "A lot of this is going to play out. A lot of ball is left to be played with everybody in the country. We have the toughest and the best conference - top to bottom - right now in the country, and we have a lot of big games coming up. I think those things will take of themselves."

Oklahoma will have a chance to impress the committee Saturday against No. 11 Oklahoma State. If the Sooners win out, there likely will be no need for complicated analysis on the merits of certain wins and losses.

"We like the body of work that we’ve put out there, but right now, that doesn’t matter," he said. "We’re four, five weeks out from all of that stuff. We’ve got to stay focused on us and play a great Oklahoma State team. If we take care of business, then I don’t think we’ll be having that discussion."


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