College Football Ranking Week 7: Oklahoma Shows They're Best by Beating Texas

Sean LansingContributor IOctober 9, 2011

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 8:   Players of the Oklahoma Sooners after a win over the Texas Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl on October 8, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  The Sooners defeated the Longhorns 55 to 17.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The Oklahoma Sooners maintained their spot atop the USA Today Coaches Poll in Week 7, and rightfully so.

For as good as LSU and Alabama have been, there was no way the Sooners deserved a downgrade after throttling Texas at the Cotton Bowl Saturday afternoon. 

In fact, you could argue that Bob Stoops' squad has earned the top spot in both polls. 

Texas didn't deserve to be ranked as high as they were before the Red River Shootout (10th in Coaches, 11th in AP), but that doesn't diminish the Sooners' victory. 

The Longhorns were 4-0 after all, and you cannot discount the importance the rivalry-factory played in the preparation and lead-up to the game. 

Despite being surrounded by deep-fried butter, carnival rides and the hype of playing against arguably their biggest foe, Oklahoma delivered in a big, big way. 

Landry Jones was the best he's been all season (367 yards passing, three TDs), and the trio of Ryan Broyles, Kenny Stills and Jaz Reynolds proved to be too much too handle for a usually solid Texas defense. 

With Florida State and Texas out of the way, the sky is the limit for this Oklahoma team.

Kansas State, A&M and Baylor should put up a good fight, but the Sooners don't face another true test until Bedlam at season's end. 

And with the elimination of the Big 12 championship game, Oklahoma only needs to win 12 games to get to New Orleans.

There is no question that the Tigers and the Tide are both great football teams, and it's quite possible that both SEC squads are better than Boomer Sooner.

But, until they meet on the field, it would be unfair and flat out wrong to punish Oklahoma for winning in convincing fashion over good conference opponents.