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P.S.R. 1-124: Week 4 Re-Ranking

With the weekend in the books, here’s a look at how the country ranks — using the original rankings as the starting point, with the season’s results as rationale for any movement. The top 25 teams land a one-sentence breakdown. The rest? Not so much. Part of the perks of being one of the best. Think your team is too low? Feel another team deserves more credit, less credit? Let’s hear it below. It’s a delicate ranking process, particularly with only two weeks in the books, so you may see one team ranked below a team it just beat — see Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech, for example. Don’t be alarmed. Everything will become clearer by the end of the month.

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    No. 9: Oklahoma

    Before Ryan Broyles was lost for the season, the Sooners’ lone loss came as a result of the worst 30 minutes Oklahoma had played since John Blake. After Broyles tore up his knee in the second half against Texas A&M, the Sooners lost to Baylor for the first time in program history and to Oklahoma State for the first time since 2002. Through nine games, Oklahoma was averaging 8.3 yards per pass attempt; extrapolated over the entire season, that total would have tied O.U. with five other teams for 13th-best in the country. Over their last four games, the Sooners averaged 6.6 yards per attempt; extrapolated over the entire season, that total would have tied O.U. with seven other teams — including Duke and Minnesota — for 85th in the country. The final month defined Oklahoma’s season; in a nutshell, the Sooners could only weather so many storms before the offense fell apart. As the offense went, so went Oklahoma. At least O.U. won’t have to worry about losing Broyles in 2012; he’s now healthy, making plays for the Detroit Lions.

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      Big 12 Quarterbacks and the N.F.L. Draft

         Here’s the theory floated by The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre: Pull back the throttle on the Robert Griffin III hype machine, because while he had a superb junior season, his numbers were inflated significantly by the poor brand of pass defense played in the Big 12. The same could be said of former Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has rocketed up N.F.L. draft charts, as well as former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, wrote Jason. As evidence, he points to the fact that not one Big 12 team ranked in the top 30 nationally in pass defense.

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        Solid Proposal for Non-Playoff Bowl Games

        Later this month, in Hollywood, Fla., the B.C.S. will discuss the merits of four postseason proposals, including one that would maintain but slightly tweak the current B.C.S. system. Another, as noted yesterday afternoon, would feature a two-bowl, four-team playoff system that may still include the Rose Bowl, should the Big Ten or Pac-12 champion – or both – finish among the top four teams in the country. Those two options have dominated the national discussion, if only because each seems, in some shape or form, like a continuation of the current postseason system. Due to the negative reaction, a fairly positive and very interesting postseason proposal up for consideration with the B.C.S. leaders has been overlooked.

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          2011 Selection Saturday: Full Bracket

          Cutting the bracket down to 32 teams – after going with a 68-team tournament last fall – leaves several talented teams in the cold. Among the B.C.S. conferences: Missouri, Texas, N.C. State and Auburn. Among the non-B.C.S. conferences: Ohio, Louisiana-Lafayette, Toledo and Wyoming. But trimming the list creates a very strong 32-team bracket, one with very few easy pairings outside the first round. Imagine the possibilities: Oregon hosting Virginia in the first round; a week later, if all goes according to plan, the Ducks meet T.C.U. in the round of 16. U.S.C. isn’t eligible, but if the Trojans weren’t under a postseason ban, they’d probably slot in as a three seed.

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            The Big 12 Erupts With… Actual News!

            After months of anticipation, the Big 12 entered the offseason with a flurry. Step one: West Virginia, in the fold. The Mountaineers were able to file official separation papers from the Big East, with the two parties agreeing on a $20 million exit fee, though neither could get on the same page when it comes to the fashion with which the program alters its conference affiliation – the Mountaineers say they’re leaping to the Big 12, while the Big East says it voted to “terminate” West Virginia’s membership in the league. Semantics, and where you stand at the bargaining table dictates where you lie on the topic.

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              The Year in Review: Oklahoma (10-3, 6-3)

              The first set of numbers that backs up what everyone knows already — that Oklahoma wasn’t the same team without Ryan Broyles:

              Record re-injury 8-1
              Record post-injury 2-2

              The second set of numbers, which includes the entirety of the win over Texas A&M, that backs up what everyone knows already:

              Passing offense with 264 of 412 (64.1 percent) for 3,428 yards, 28 touchdowns, 9 interceptions
              Passing offense without 101 of 171 (59.1 percent) for 1,114 yards, 1 touchdown, 7 interceptions

              I’ve done the math. That’s more losses in four games than Oklahoma had in its first nine games. Before Broyles was lost for the season, the Sooners’ lone loss came thanks to the worst 30 minutes O.U. has played since John Blake. After Broyles tore up his knee in the second half against the Aggies, the Sooners lost to Baylor for the first time in program history and to Oklahoma State for the first time since 2002.

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                Oklahoma’s Class Touches Down All Over

                Bob Stoops and the Sooners started in Oklahoma, bused to Texas, stepped into Kansas, hopped over to Missouri, drove to Illinois, flew the private jet down to Florida and built up the frequent-flyer miles in California. Oklahoma’s recently-signed recruiting class, the next 25 recruits poised to help the Sooners make another run at a national title, featured players from 11 different states: Oklahoma has always recruited nationally, but never to this degree. “I love to recruit the whole country,” said Stoops as his signing day press conference. Stoops has also never been afraid to add players off the JUCO ranks, should need be, and this particular recruiting class was no exception.

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                  The Countdown

                  A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.