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No. 3 Sooners in ideal position for run at a playoff spot

NORMAN (AP)  Oklahoma is trying really hard to avoid looking ahead.

It's tough not to when everything appears to be stacked in your favor.

The Sooners (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) are coming off a 38-20 win over TCU on Saturday that put them in sole possession of first place in the Big 12. Notre Dame's loss to Miami and Georgia's loss to Auburn over the weekend solidified Oklahoma's already strong position in the College Football Playoff picture. The Sooners moved up from No. 5 to No. 3 in the AP poll this week, and a similar jump from No. 5 could follow when the CFP rankings are revealed.

Oklahoma is aware of its position, but the Sooners want to focus solely on playing at Kansas (1-9, 0-7) on Saturday. The fact that they Jayhawks have lost nine straight, all by double digits, doesn't matter to Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.

"We haven't won the Big 12 yet," he said. "They're a Big 12 opponent that's in the way of our goals, so it shouldn't take any extra motivation. We have to have the same mindset no matter who we're playing against. That's kind of been our focus all year  it doesn't matter who we're playing, we have to rise to the occasion and play well, week in and week out."

The Sooners have quality road wins against Ohio State and Oklahoma State and the home victory over TCU. Their only loss was to an Iowa State squad that is already bowl eligible. The Sooners appear headed to the playoff if they can beat Kansas and West Virginia then win the Big 12 Championship Game.

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