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Oklahoma's College Football Playoff Chances Took A Massive Hit Today

A closeup of Oklahoma Sooners coach Lincoln Riley talking into his headset.

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 02: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners during Big 12 Championship game against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The first College Football Playoff rankings of the season will be unveiled in a little over a week. Oklahoma's chances of a third-straight appearance in the final four took a major hit today.

The fifth-ranked Sooners suffered their first loss of the season this afternoon, falling 48-41 to unranked Kansas State. Oklahoma nearly rallied back from a 25-point deficit in the final 12 minutes, but came up short.

In each of the last two seasons, Oklahoma has reached the College Football Playoff with one loss. The Sooners lost to Iowa State in 2017 and Texas last fall. They also reached the CFP in 2015 despite losing to Texas in the regular season.

Clearly, today's loss doesn't eliminate OU from playoff contention. It does, however, put them behind the 8-ball.

Even if Oklahoma wins out, there's a chance they'd have to beat out a one-loss SEC team, a one-loss Pac 12 champ (Oregon) and a one-loss Notre Dame for the final spot.

There's a lot of college football left to be played, so at least the Sooners have that going for them.

We'll find out eventually if today's game delivered the death blow to their playoff hopes.