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Momentum is a funny thing in recruiting. Sometimes you have it, and then it's gone. Teams such as Tennessee were rolling in the offseason and have now seen their classes collapse. Others, such as Miami, have only built up great classes this season.
Baker Mayfield has upped his draft stock significantly while Bryce Love continues to climb. Here's where they and other Heisman contenders rank among Todd McShay's best prospects for 2018.
FPI: Oklahoma overwhelming favorite vs. Kansas
The Sooners have dominated this series recently, with the last 12 meetings all being double-digit victories. ESPN's FPI likes the chances of that trend continuing when they travel to Lawrence on Saturday.
There aren't any big ranked matchups in the Big 12 this week, but Oklahoma and TCU must take care of business on the road if they want to meet later.
Examining top CFP contenders
Alabama has separated itself at No. 1, but Clemson, Miami and Oklahoma appear to be in a clump at Nos. 2-4. FPI sees the Tigers as the best team, but the Hurricanes have the best strength of record, while the Sooners have the most wins against the CFP Top 25.
Baker Mayfield planting the flag at the Shoe sent a message that the Sooners would be a force in the playoff picture.
Ryan McGee, Adam Rittenberg and Brad Edwards voice their confusion over the latest CFP Rankings (1:30), react to Arkansas parting ways with Jeff Long (18:35) and much more.
It's a long way from signing day for the Class of 2019. But a few schools, headlined by the Georgia Bulldogs, are already off to a strong start with the top junior prospects.
Heisman hopeful Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma would get a matchup with top-ranked Alabama down in the Big Easy.
What is your take on the new top 10? Did No. 3 Miami actually deserve the No. 2 spot over Clemson? And is there anything undefeated Wisconsin can do to claw its way into the playoff picture?
Heather Dinich ESPN Senior Writer
Selection committee chair Kirby Hocutt said No. 4 Oklahoma's loss to four-loss Iowa State kept it from going higher, but he was pressed about why Clemson, then, was No. 2 after losing to six-loss Syracuse. Hocutt said Clemson's six wins vs. teams with winning records are more than any other team in the top 25. The committee continues to factor in the injury to Clemson QB Kelly Bryant in its loss. "When we looked at Oklahoma's loss to Iowa State, there was no such injury that the selection committee had talked about or was aware of," he said. "We continue to take into account with Clemson's loss the injury to their quarterback and also the fact he came into that game not 100 percent."
Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer
Neither Iowa State nor West Virginia ranked in this week's CFP Top 25, and TCU (No. 12) and Oklahoma State (No. 13) outside the top 10. Not ideal for Oklahoma.
The U is back in the national title conversation, as Miami moved up to No. 3 in the CFP rankings, checking in ahead of No. 4 Oklahoma but behind Alabama and Clemson.
Sooners in control, but Frogs, Cowboys still in it
In addition to wins over TCU and Oklahoma State, Oklahoma also has the best FPI rating in the conference. That said, the Horned Frogs and Cowboys shouldn't be ruled out just yet.
After Georgia went down this weekend, the No. 1 spot in the College Football Playoff rankings is wide open. Who do you think should take it over?
Peter Burns, Heather Dinich and Matt Schick preview the next CFP rankings (3:00), discuss some worthy COY candidates (22:02) and more. Plus, a chat with Austin Peay coach Will Healy (26:07).
Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield earned all the first-place votes from our panel for the second week in a row. But who's your choice for the award?