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ESPN Outlines Who Oklahoma Fans Need To Be Rooting For

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NORMAN, OK - NOVEMBER 24: Oklahoma Sooners fans celebrate during the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys November 24, 2012 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State 51-48 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Oklahoma's stunning loss to Kansas State last weekend dropped them down to No. 10 in the top 25 polls. The Sooners still control their own destiny in the Big 12 title race, but not in getting into the College Football Playoff.

Needless to say, the Sooners could need some help in order to get back into the national title picture.

With that in mind, ESPN's Heather Dinich has put together a rooting guide for Oklahoma fans down the final stretch of the season.

Dinich proposed that Oklahoma fans will want to root for a trio of Big 12 rivals, namely conference leader Baylor, along with Kansas State and arch-rival Texas.

Cheer for: Kansas State, Baylor and ... Texas

She explained that Oklahoma winning out won't be good enough. The entire Big 12 Conference needs to look strong. So Oklahoma will need to face a highly-ranked opponent in the Big 12 Championship Game.

If the one-loss Sooners are going to be considered, they need the selection committee to hold the rest of the Big 12 in high regard in its rankings, and they need to beat a highly ranked opponent in the conference championship game.

Dinich concluded that if the Kansas State loss ultimately looks like a loss to a good team, it'll help Oklahoma.

By the same token, beating Texas won't look anywhere near as impressive if the Longhorns finish with five losses. They currently have three.

Finally, Baylor is undefeated and the leader in the Big 12 despite being ranked lower than Oklahoma. If the Sooners can beat the Bears and account for the team's only loss, it'll look really good on their resume.

Oklahoma has managed to earn its way in the College Football Playoff with one loss before. But with so many undefeated or just plain terrific teams out there, it won't be easy for Sooners in 2019.