Tuesday night, the College Football Playoff committee released its first rankings for the 2017 season. Mike Gundy and his Oklahoma State Cowboys fell just outside the top 10, settling in the No. 11 spot.
This matches the Cowboys’ AP Poll position.
Georgia claims the No. 1 ranking in the inaugural 2017 CFP poll, beating out Alabama for the top spot. The surprising Notre Dame Fighting Irish - who finished a measly 4-8 last season - claim the third spot, while Clemson takes the fourth and final playoff spot (if the playoffs started today).
Falling just outside the Top 4 are OU (5) and Ohio State (6).
Penn State, TCU, Wisconsin and Miami fill in spots 7-10, respectively.
Iowa State is the fourth and final team in the Top 25, occupying the No. 15 spot after defeating TCU last weekend.
This is the first of six rankings the committee will release. The Cowboys have an uphill battle ahead to climb into the Top 4, and it all starts with winning Bedlam this weekend - a daunting task that hasn't been done in Stillwater since the Cowboys were the No. 3 team in the nation in that infamous 2011 season.